Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense, economic, energy ties
The Philippine Star|October 20, 2020
Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense, economic, energy ties
HANOI (AP) – In his first summit foray since taking office last month, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart to step up defense and security cooperation in the face of China’s expanding influence in the region.

In talks in Hanoi yesterday, Suga and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc set a basic agreement allowing Japan to export defense equipment and technology to Vietnam.

The deal was expected: Japan has been pursuing such agreements in recent years to bolster ties with Southeast Asia and provide a lifeline to its own defense industry.

Suga arrived in Hanoi late Sunday on the first stop of a four-day visit to Vietnam and Indonesia that he said is key to pursuing the “free and open Indo-Pacific” vision for multilateral economic and security cooperation to counter China’s growing power and protect sea lanes in disputed areas of the South China Sea.

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October 20, 2020