Vietnam, Japan to open deputy minister defense dialogue

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Vietnam and Japan will open a deputy ministerial level defense dialogue as part of a strategic partnership agreement signed Monday, Vietnam News Agency reported.

According to the news agency, the agreement was signed between Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda. Dung is now on a four-day visit to Japan that began Sunday.

The leaders agreed that peace and stability in the East Sea is in the international community's common interest, and that they welcomed the passing of the Declaration of Conduct in the East Sea and appealed for the compliance with it.

The Code of Conduct agreement between ASEAN and China should be completed soon, VNA quoted the leaders as saying. They reiterated that it would benefit all countries in the region to allow freedom of sea transport, conform to current international law -- including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea -- and to resolve disputes peacefully.

VNA said the premiers also signed other pacts, including a cooperation agreement on developing and exploiting rare earth from Vietnam, and a project to build a nuclear power plant in the central province of Ninh Thuan.

A memorandum of understanding on sending qualified health workers to Japan was also signed.

During the talks, Dung expressed his hopes that the Japanese government would develop two mechanics industrial parks in the northern city of Hai Phong and the southern coastal province of Ba Ria Vung Tau, and encourage Japanese businesses to join projects in Vietnam under the public private partnership model.

Meanwhile, Noda pledged that Japan will continue considering supporting projects at the Long Thanh International Airport, slated to be opened in 2015 in the southern province of Dong Nai.

Other pledged projects like the high-speed railway between the central resort towns of Nha Trang and Phan Thiet, and underground railways between Hanoi and HCMC, will be under consideration as well, the Japanese leader said.

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