Japan can now give defence gear and expertise to Vietnam underneath an settlement signed on Saturday, as the 2 international locations step up their navy cooperation amid worries about China’s rising navy affect.
Japan’s Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi stated the deal elevates their defence partnership “to a brand new stage” and that Japan and Vietnam plan to deepen protection ties by way of multinational joint workout routines and different means.
Particulars concerning the switch of particular gear, together with naval vessels, will likely be labored out in subsequent talks, the ministry stated.
Kishi’s assembly together with his Vietnamese counterpart, Phan Van Giang, in Hanoi coincided with a two-day go to to the Vietnamese capital by Chinese language Overseas Minister Wang Yi.
He wrapped up his go to by saying China plans to donate 3 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine to Vietnam.
The settlement comes two weeks after the US (US) Vice President Kamala Harris travelled to Vietnam to strengthen ties with the Southeast Asian nation.
Through the tour, Harris urged international locations to face up towards “bullying” by China within the South China Sea.
Japan’s Defence Ministry stated in a press release that Kishi and Giang agreed on the significance of sustaining freedom of navigation and overflight within the Indo-Pacific area, in addition to cooperation in varied defence areas together with cybersecurity.
Tokyo usually protests the Chinese language coast guard’s presence close to the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which China additionally claims and calls Diaoyu.
Japanese officers say Chinese language vessels routinely violate Japanese territorial waters across the islands, generally threatening fishing boats.
Through the talks, Kishi expressed Japan’s sturdy opposition to “any unilateral makes an attempt to alter the established order by coercion or any actions that escalate tensions,” referring to China’s more and more assertive exercise within the East and South China Sea, however with out figuring out any nation by identify.
Vietnam is the eleventh nation with which Japan has signed a protection gear and expertise switch deal. Tokyo is trying to broaden navy cooperation past its longtime ally the US, and has signed comparable agreements with Britain, Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia.