Episode 2664 – Vietnam and Japan leaders meet to improve relations

Vietnam’s President Vo Van Thuong, left, and Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, right, shake hands at the end of a joint press conference at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. (Richard A. Brooks/Pool Photo via AP)ASSOCIATED PRESS

Episode 2664 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about the recent meeting of the leaders of Vietnam and Japan. The featured story comes from the AP and it appeared on Yahoo. Com and was titled: Japan and Vietnam agree to boost ties and start discussing Japanese military aid amid China threat. It was submitted by Mari Yamaguchi.

In her story Yamaguchi reported that Japan and Vietnam on Monday agreed to strengthen their security and economic ties in the face of China’s growing influence in the region.

She continued with this, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong held talks in Tokyo and agreed to broaden their security cooperation, work on defense equipment and technology transfers and start discussing a new Japanese aid program for militaries of like-minded developing countries in the region.

The two leaders said the Japan-Vietnam relationship would become a “comprehensive strategic partnership,” bringing their ongoing cooperation to “new heights and to further expand it to new fronts,” according to their joint statement provided by Japan’s Foreign Ministry.

Japan has been rapidly developing closer ties with Vietnam, a key southeast Asian country that has important security and economic roles in the region faced with China’s rise and rivalry with the United States and other Western nations.

Japan in recent years has also provided a number of patrol vessels to Vietnam to help strengthen its law enforcement capability at sea. Vietnam is one of several countries defending their territorial interest against China in the disputed South China Sea. Japan has had a longstanding territorial dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea.

Thoung, who is on a four-day visit as a rare state guest marking the two countries’ 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties,

Listen to Episode 2664 and discover more about the recent meeting of the leaders of Vietnam and Japan.

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