PM proposes focused promotion of bilateral ties with Japan

By Anh Ngoc   November 23, 2021 | 06:54 am PT
PM proposes focused promotion of bilateral ties with Japan
PM Pham Minh Chinh (L) holds the Japanese Unshu tangerines that will be exported to Vietnam soon at a meeting with former Japanese PM Suga Yoshihide (R) and Chairman of the Japan - Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Alliance Nikai Toshihiro (C) in Japan, November 23, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Duong Giang
PM Pham Minh Chinh said Tuesday that the bilateral relationship between Vietnam and Japan was at its best and suggested that it is further strengthened in six focus areas.

Speaking to the Japanese press during his four day (Monday-Thursday) official visit, Chinh said the first of the areas would be economic cooperation during the pandemic.

He said the focus should be on creating favorable conditions for the two countries' goods to enter each other's markets, facilitating the resumption of production and trade. He also said Vietnam would create the most favorable conditions to attract financial capital, investment capital and official development loans from Japan.

Medical cooperation would be the second focus area, especially the transfer of technology to produce Covid-19 drugs and vaccines and strengthening the capacity of frontline hospitals.

Promoting cooperation in education and training to improve human resources; science and technology application; and cultural exchanges would be third area.

Culture-tourism, national defense-security, and coordination on regional and international issues, were the other three focus areas for bilateral cooperation that PM Chinh mentioned.

Chinh arrived in Tokyo Monday, beginning his official visit on the invitation of his counterpart Kishida Fumio.

Vietnam and Japan established diplomatic relations since 1973. Japan is one of Vietnam's foremost economic partners, the biggest ODA contributor, the second largest investor and fourth largest trade partner.

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