Japan and Vietnam to hold bilateral talks on maritime security

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Japan and Vietnam have agreed to hold bilateral talks on maritime security for the first time ever this May in Hanoi.

The talks will aim to strengthen maritime cooperation between the two nations amid China's increasing assertiveness in the East China Sea and South China Sea.

According to a Japan Times report from Monday, the two nations are expected to exchange views on "Japan's possible provision of patrol vessels" to Vietnam.

Japan also plans to provide a briefing on China's increasing maritime activities around the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, including occasional entries of official Chinese ships into Japanese waters around the islands, which are claimed by China, the report cited a Japanese government source as saying on April 13.

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The two sides are expected to confirm their stand against China's recent maritime assertiveness and the need for China to abide by international law to ensure maritime security within the region, according to the report.

Senior officials from Japan's foreign and defense ministries will take part in the talks, the report said.

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