Abe Offers Vietnam Patrol Ships (News)


Hanoi, Jan. 17 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Monday offered to provide Vietnam with six newly built patrol ships in a bid to help the Southeast Asian country boost its maritime security capabilities.

At a meeting in Hanoi, Abe and his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, confirmed that their countries will join forces for stability in the South China Sea, where China is developing military facilities.

During their fourth summit, the two leaders underscored the importance of resolving issues related to the South China Sea through dialogue based on international law instead of military intimidation, and called for restraint by countries concerned.

Ahead of the US presidential inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday, Abe and Phuc agreed on the need to win his understanding of the political and security situation in Asia.

The Japanese and Vietnamese leaders shared the view that Trump should recognize the benefits that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will bring to the United States.

Abe Vows to Support Vietnamese Economic Growth

Hanoi, Jan. 17 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe
Shinzō on Tuesday pledged continued support for Vietnam's economic growth.

Japan's public and private sectors are both ready to provide continued support to ensure Vietnam's growth, Abe said in a meeting of government officials and business leaders from the two countries in Hanoi.

"Many Japanese companies are willing to contribute to Vietnam's economic development" using their technological capabilities and ability to develop human resources, he said.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told the gathering that he strongly hopes Japan will become the top foreign investor in the Southeast Asian country.

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