- Japan will be providing two patrol ships to Vietnam and will also be extending an ODA load to help the latter in its socioeconomic projects
- The signing ceremony happened in Hanoi
- The two countries support the Philippines in its South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) claims
Japan and Vietnam have just inked a new partnership amidst the latter’s territorial rows with China.
The Japanese government revealed on Wednesday that it will be providing Vietnam with new patrol ships to help boost the maritime law-enforcement capabilities of countries who are in continued territorial rows against China.
Japan will be providing two large-sized patrol ships to Vietnam and five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, of their intention to extend help during their meeting held at the ASEAN summit in Vientiane, Laos.
Aside from the patrol ships, Japan has already provided six used patrol ships to Vietnam.
Japan, also on Tuesday, agreed to an Official Development Assistance (ODA) deal US$108.37 million to Vietnam. This will be used to help boost the latter’s socioeconomic development for the fiscal year 2016.
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Van Trung and Japan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Vietnam Fukada Hiroshi put into writing and signed the notes on Japan’s ODA load to Vietnam.
“Vietnam vows commitment to the proper and most efficient use of the ODA loan,” Trung said.
The signing ceremony happened at Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) in Hanoi.
Hiroshi furthermore emphasized the importance of using such ODA load transparently and efficiently.
“I think Vietnam is a country of great potential for further economic development,” the ambassador said.
Meanwhile, both countries have supported Philippine’s claim over disputed territories in the South China Sea
Both leaders of the two countries expressed their support during President Rodrigo Duterte meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vietnam President Trần Đại Quang, on separate occasions.
Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza said Abe vowed that Japan will be backing the country in its claim of the South China Sea.
During the meeting, Duterte also accepted Abe’s invitation to visit Japan. -Kami Media