Vietnam aims to boost ties with Japan


Vietnam will spare no effort in driving forward parliamentary cooperation with Japan, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told President of Japan’s House of Councilors Yamazaki Masaaki at a meeting in Hanoi yesterday.

He spoke hopefully of further cooperation in politics, external affairs, defence and at international forums.

The Japanese government and parliament are expected to continue to provide a high level of official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam’s infrastructure development, he said, adding that increasing numbers of Vietnamese students in Japan would help sustain their relations.

The Prime Minister proposed that President Yamazaki Masaaki speed up the Vietnam-Japan University project so that operations begin in 2016.

Regarding East Sea issues, PM Dung reiterated Vietnam’s desire to join hands with the international community to resolve disputes in the East Sea via peaceful means and in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

He also appreciated Vietnam’s vigorous growth in recent years, particularly in the field of infrastructure and he confirmed he would make more effort to push the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan forward.
The President of Japan’s House of Councilors Yamazaki Masaaki, noted that more than 100’000 Vietnamese studying and working in Japan, up 20 per cent over the past two years, were creating a new “DongDu” movement. The movement, initiated by Phan Boi Chau in early 20th century, encouraged hundreds of Vietnamese students to study in Japan in hopes that they could help reform the country after their return. He also added, that more and more Japanese tourists are spending their vacations in Vietnam.

Yamazaki Masaaki had also meetings with President Truong Tan Sang and Party Leader Nguyen Phu Trong.Nguyen Phu Trong said the Party and State of Vietnam considered Japan one of its most important, longterm investors and wants to deepen their strategic partnership.

Source: Vientam News