Japan pledges patrol vessels, loans to Vietnam

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 Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (L) shakes hands with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe after a press conference in Tokyo on September 15, 2015. Photo credit: VNA
Japan pledges to provide Vietnam with 200 million yen (US$1.6 million) in non-refundable aid to buy Japanese used patrol ships for its maritime safety in the 2015 fiscal year, according to a joint statement issued Tuesday following Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to Japan.
Trong arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday for a four-day official visit at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The two sides issued the statement on a “joint vision” for their relations after the talks between Trong and Abe, Vietnam News Agency reported.
The two sides expressed serious concerns over recent developments on the South China Sea, including the massive land reclamation work and construction of outposts, which intensify tensions, damage trust and threaten peace and stability in the region and the world, the statement says, without identifying China by name.
Japan also pledges to extend 28.6 billion yen ($239 million) in official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam to build a general hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.
Tokyo also plans to provide Hanoi with further ODA of about 100 billion yen for transport infrastructure.
Last year, Japan announced the plan to provide Vietnam with six patrol vessels as part of a 500 million yen (US$4 million) aid. Two have been delivered and the other four are to be delivered by December, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

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