Vietnam, Japan to intensify maritime security, national defense cooperation

Vietnam and Japan have agreed to intensify bilateral relation on national defense, non-traditional security issues, and maritime security during the meeting of Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Vietnam President Quang is on a state visit to Japan from May 29 to June 2.

“Both aim to intensify bilateral affiliation in national defence, strengthen collaboration in dealing with consequences of war-left bombs and mines, and supporting victims of Agent Orange/dioxin and bombs and mines in Viet Nam. They will take into account further cooperation in dioxin remediation,” Vietnam and Japan said in a joint statement.

Both sides also agreed to reinforce partnerships in coping with non-traditional security issues, covering cyber security, cyber and cross-border crimes, terrorism, food, water resources and maritime security.

Vietnam and Japan “are resolved to join hands in ensuring peace, stability and prosperity in the region by maintaining and consolidating the order in a free and open sea in line with law and practices,” said in the joint statement.

The two countries also agreed to strengthen people-to-people exchanges and economic cooperation.