The leaders of Japan and Vietnam have agreed to step up cooperation to improve Vietnam’s maritime patrolling capabilities. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met the general secretary of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, in Tokyo on 15 September. Abe said at the start of the meeting that he hopes Trong’s visit will help deepen bilateral ties that have developed in many areas based on a broad strategic partnership. He revealed plans to give Vietnam used ships for patrol activities amid China’s increasing activity in the South China Sea. The 2 leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation to maintain maritime and aviation order based on law in and over the South China Sea. Abe explained Japan’s efforts to proactively contribute to peace, as well as security bills now under deliberation in the Diet. Trong expressed support.

Source: NHK World