Vietnam's Party chief visits Japan for strengthened ties

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Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in his interview granted to major Japanese news agencies and newspapers in Hanoi on September 12, 2015. Photo credit: VNA
The Communist Party's General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong left Hanoi on Tuesday for a four-day visit to Japan to boost bilateral ties.
Vietnam wants to reaffirm its consistent policy to consider Japan as an important and long-term partner as well as its desire to further deepen the Extensive Strategic Partnership between the two countries for peace and prosperity of Asia, Trong said in an interview with Japanese media in Hanoi before his trip.
"I hope that the three highlights of this visit, namely promotion of economic connectivity, enhancement of political trust and intensification of bilateral cooperation on regional and international issues, will bring Vietnam-Japan relations to a higher level," he was quoted by the Vietnam News Agency as saying.
Trong said the two nations need to raise the effectiveness of cooperation in education and training, science and technology, culture, tourism, labor and people-to-people exchange, environment protection, disaster preparedness, climate change response, as well as in defense and security.
It is his first official visit to Japan as the Party's General Secretary at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japan is the largest source of foreign aid to Vietnam and the second largest investor, after South Korea. 

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