Defense Minister Kishi: Japan is in the same boat as Vietnam

Defense Minister Kishi: Japan is in the same boat as Vietnam - Photo 1.

Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi speaks in Hanoi on September 12 – Photo: Japan’s Ministry of Defense

During his speech in Hanoi, Mr. Kishi said that Vietnam is an important partner of Japan and that the two countries need to work together on regional security issues in the context of “the new difficult reality”.

“I want this visit to be a milestone marking the beginning of Vietnam – Japan defense cooperation to move to a ‘New Level’,” he explained about choosing Vietnam as a destination on his first overseas trip. as Japan’s Defense Minister.

“For Japan, it can be said that Vietnam is one of the important countries in which we are in the same boat,” he affirmed.

Citing a Vietnamese saying, “It is difficult to know a good friend”, Mr. Kishi said that Vietnam and Japan both have the spirit of helping friends, recalling that Tokyo has provided Vietnam with 3 million doses of vaccines. COVID-19 prevention and Vietnam’s sharing for Tokyo after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

In addition, the two countries also share common principles that play an important role in regulating international relations, one of which is respect for the law of the sea. “Free and open seas have been the foundation of our prosperity since ancient times,” Kishi said.

“We are now facing an unprecedentedly serious reality, even in the field of security, in addition to the difficulties in dealing with COVID-19,” the Japanese defense minister said.

He stressed in the seas and airspace in the East China Sea and South China Sea, where actions are “based on one-sided assertions that are inconsistent with the existing international order”.

In the East China Sea, efforts to forcibly change the status quo continue, including in the waters around the Senkaku Islands, which are inherently Japanese territory. The situation is becoming more and more serious, there have been consecutive cases of ships belonging to the Chinese Coast Guard breaking into the territorial sea and approaching Japanese fishing boats.

In the South China Sea, China continues to militarize disputed features, regularly conducts military exercises and is believed to have launched ballistic missiles, escalating its actions.

“Japan strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo by coercion and any activities that increase tensions, and shares concerns with Vietnam,” Kishi said.

According to him, what needs to be done is that countries need to work together to maintain and strengthen the international order based on free and open rules.

The Japanese defense minister also mentioned a number of other challenges in the region such as the situation in North Korea and Myanmar, and issues such as cybersecurity and the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on security.

“Today, I have a grand and ambitious vision of Japan-Vietnam defense cooperation at a ‘new stage’. Some people who hear this aspiration may wonder: ‘Is it really possible? exam?’. But I’m very confident,” – said the Japanese Defense Minister.

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TTO – Receiving Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo on September 12, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and President Nguyen Xuan Phuc had discussions on regional situations, including the East and South China Seas.

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