Vietnam wants to deepen strategic partnership with Japan

08:43 | 05/06/2017 Cooperation

Vietnam wishes to deepen its strategic partnership with Japan for peace and prosperity in the region, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has told Japanese media agencies.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe

Talking to The Nikkei, as well as other news outlets, ahead of his official visit to Japan from June 4-8, the Prime Minister stressed Vietnam’s desire to build a closer relationship with Japan, especially in economic links, in the hope of doubling investments and trade turnover between the two nations by 2020.

In an article published on June 3, The Nikkei quoted Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as saying that the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is crucial to connecting and developing the economies within the Asia-Pacific region.

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

According to Jiji news agency, PM Phuc affirmed Vietnam’s commitment to maintaining close cooperation with the other TPP member nations, with Japan being a priority.

Vietnam values the Japanese government’s efforts in accelerating the pact being brought into effect, he said.

PM Phuc hopes for Japanese investment in digitalisation and other fields that could boost economic productivity. The leader said he is also banking on Japanese expertise in smart city development and in 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, navigational safety and freedom in the East Sea.

The Vietnamese Government leader reaffirmed Vietnam’s stance of settling East Sea-related issues through peaceful means, according to the Jiji news agency.

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.