Vietnam, Japan boost defence cooperation

(VOV) - Vietnam and Japan should continue their struggle against China’ wrongful acts in the East and East China Seas, utilizing diplomatic measures grounded in international law, said Japanese Maj. Gen. Naohisa Fukase.

Maj. Gen. Fukase, Deputy Director of the Japanese National Institute for Defence Studies (NIDS), made the suggestion at a reception in Hanoi on June 23 hosted by Lieu. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army.

He expressed his concern about recent escalating tensions in the East Sea after China positioned its drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 deep inside Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

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He congratulated Vietnam on joining the UN Peacekeeping operation, and said his working visit creates a chance for the NIDS and the National Defence Academy of Vietnam to share experience in training.  

For his part, Lieu. Gen. Tuan noted that Vietnam-Japan relations have witnessed steady and strong positive development since the two countries first established diplomatic ties in 1973.

Particularly, in March 2014, the two countries signed a joint declaration to elevate bilateral ties to the high level of an “Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia”.

However, defence cooperation remains modest, he said. Few military exchanges have been conducted while cooperation on military training and defence can be described as lackluster at best, he said, adding that he is optimistic these obstacles will be removed in the near future.