Japan offers vessels to Vietnam to boost its sea strength

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L) and his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh raise a toast after a signing ceremony at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi August 1, 2014. Photo credit: Reuters

Japan will give six navy boats to Vietnam to boost its patrols and surveillance in the East Sea (aka South China Sea), Japan's foreign minister said on Friday, in the latest sign of a strengthening of alliances between states locked in maritime rows with China