Vietnam PM starts three-day visit in Japan

By Anh Vu, Thanh Nien News

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrives in Japan's Nagoya City on May 26, 2016. Photo: Anh Vu/Thanh Nien PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrives in Japan's Nagoya City on May 26, 2016. Photo: Anh Vu/Thanh Nien

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Vietnam's newly-elected Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived in Japan on Thursday, starting a three-day visit.
Phuc will attend a meeting with the G7 leaders on Friday as one of the guests invited by Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. Other guests include government leaders from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. It will be the first time for a Vietnamese leader to attend a G7 summit.
The Vietnamese PM is expected to have separate meetings with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany and the UK, as well as the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.
He will meet with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on the last day and witness the two countries' representatives signing cooperation agreements.
In an interview with Japanese news outlets ahead of his trip, Phuc said he and his Japanese counterpart will discuss major orientation and specific measures to foster bilateral ties in various areas, focusing on mutual political trust and cooperation in economy, trade, investment, official development assistance, support industries, agriculture, natural disaster and climate change response, health care, education-training, science and technology.
Vietnam and Japan established diplomatic ties with in 1963. The two countries upgraded their relations to a strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia in 2009, and to an extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia in 2014.
Japan is now the fourth largest trade partner of Vietnam, with two-way trade achieving more than US$28 billion in 2015 and around $6.4 billion in the first quarter of this year, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

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