Fostering the substantial and effective development of Vietnam-Japan relations

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh is paying an official visit to Japan from November 22-25 at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio meet on the sidelines of the COP26 (Photo: VNA)
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio meet on the sidelines of the COP26 (Photo: VNA)

This is an important event in the relationship between the two countries and is the first visit to Japan by PM Pham Minh Chinh, which is taking place right after Japan established a new leader.

As an archipelago located in the northwest of the Pacific basin, Japan is not rich in resources, but the country has gone through periods of post-war recovery and rapid development and has now become the world's third largest economy.

In the Diplomatic Bluebook 2021, Japan affirms that it pursues a “strong and tolerant” foreign policy and attaches importance to international cooperation, promoting trust with other countries, and cooperating with the international community to build a peaceful and prosperous world.

The extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia between Vietnam and Japan was established in 2014 and has been continuously growing strongly, with a high level of trust. Japan is currently the most important economic partner, the largest official development assistance (ODA) donor, the second largest investor and the fourth largest trading partner of Vietnam.

Bilateral defence and security cooperation continues to be deepened while cooperation in labour, agriculture, science and technology, education and training, and climate change response has made many strides. The cooperation between localities and cultural and people-to-people exchanges have also been enhanced. The two countries have coordinated with each other at regional and international forums to support and promote economic linkages and multilateral cooperation.

Vietnam and Japan have maintained sincere, friendly, reliable, substantive and effective exchanges. The two countries give priority to boosting cooperation in a number of key fields, especially economics and healthcare.

In the context of the complicated development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the leaders of the two countries also maintained regular exchanges. Japan has actively supported Vietnam in the fight against the pandemic and provided Vietnam with non-refundable aid, vaccines, and medical equipment. Meanwhile, Vietnam is always a close and reliable friend and partner to Japan and supports the country in promoting its role in the region and in the world as well as join in contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region.

During the Vietnamese PM’s official visit to Japan, PM Pham Minh Chinh and Japanese leaders will discuss orientations and measures to continue fostering the Japan-Vietnam extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia towards substantial and effective development in various areas of economy, security and defence, cooperation between localities, and people-to-people exchange.

Within the framework of the visit, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will meet the Vietnamese community in Japan, affirming the Party's and State's policies on overseas Vietnamese communities in the new situation in order to promote national solidarity and strength. He is also expected to call on and express gratitude to overseas Vietnamese for supporting the prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam.

The visit also demonstrates the implementation the Vietnam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation and development, as affirmed at the 13th National Party Congress. It is also expected to consolidate and strengthen relations with countries and partners of Vietnam.

May the PM’s official visit to Japan be a great success, contributing to bringing the Vietnam-Japan extensive partnership into a new, comprehensive, profound, substantive and effective development stage in accordance with the interests of each country, towards peace, stability and development in the region and the world.