Vietnam, Japan up ties to strategic partnership

By Bao Cam, Thanh Nien News

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President Truong Tan Sang (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after the signing of the Vietnam-Japan Joint Statement in Tokyo on March 18 / Photo courtesy of Vietnam News Agency
Vietnam and Japan elevated their ties to a strategic partnership after visiting President Truong Tan Sang Tuesday met Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and agreed on a number of measures to deepen relations in all areas.
Japan promised new loans totaling more than US$1.1 billion to finance infrastructure projects in Vietnam.
Abe said his country is willing to assist Vietnam in enhancing its maritime law enforcement capacity.
He assured that Japan continues to consider Vietnam an important partner in its official development assistance program and would help the country achieve its industrialization and modernization target by 2020.
Japan would help Vietnam develop its industrial parks and build the Ninh Thuan 2 nuclear power plant, he added.
The two sides agreed to work to simplify visa procedures for Vietnamese.
Following the talks, the two leaders signed a joint statement on the establishment of an extensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
They also witnessed the signing of agreements for five infrastructure projects using yen loans as well as others in education and training, healthcare and agriculture.

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