Japan media: VN to deepen strategic partnership with Japan

Jun 05, 2017 | 11:33 AM GMT+7

Viet Nam wishes to deepen its strategic partnership with Japan for peace and in the region, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told Japanese media agencies ahead of his visit to Japan from Sunday through June 8.

Japan media: VN to deepen strategic partnership with Japan
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived Japan. Photo: International Newspaper

Talking to The Nikkei and other outlets ahead of his official visit to Japan, the Prime Minister stressed Viet Nam’s desire to build a closer relationship with Japan, especially in economic links, toward doubling investments and trade turnover between the two nations in 2020.

In an article published on Saturday, The Nikkei quoted PM Phuc as saying that the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is crucial to connecting and developing the economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

The PM believes in the possibility of implementing the TPP with 11 members, as the US withdrew from the deal. He praised Japan’s efforts in seeking a solution to the matter.

According to Jiji news agency, Phuc affirmed Viet Nam’s commitment to maintaining close cooperation with TPP member nations, with Japan being a priority.

"Viet Nam values the Japanese government’s efforts in accelerating the pact," he said.

PM Phuc hopes for Japanese investment in digitalisation and other fields that could boost economic productivity. The leader is banking on Japanese expertise in smart city development and applying information technology to agriculture, factories and travel.

Meanwhile, NHK television said on its website on June 3 that PM Phuc applauded countries worldwide, including Japan, for their responsibility and contributions to ensuring security, navigation safety and freedom in the East Sea.

The Vietnamese Government leader reaffirmed Viet Nam’s stance of settling East Sea-related issues by peaceful means, the Jiji news agency reports.

During his five-day trip to Japan, PM Phuc is scheduled to meet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko and hold talks with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe.