Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo – Photo: REUTERS
Before that, the source of Youth Online said Defense Minister Kishi will visit Vietnam tonight 10-9.
This afternoon, September 10, Mr. Kishi announced his business trip to Vietnam in a press conference in Japan. Accordingly, he confirmed that he would visit Vietnam from September 10 to 12.
This is also the time when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Vietnam (from September 10 to 12).
Japanese media said Mr. Kishi will meet with Vietnam’s Defense Minister Phan Van Giang, to discuss “regional situation, including East Sea and East China Sea”.
In addition, the content of the trip also included discussions about an agreement to transfer technology and defense equipment, which had already been reached by oral agreement between the two sides.
In June, Minister Kishi also had a phone conversation with Defense Minister Phan Van Giang.
The two sides agreed that it is necessary to soon sign the “Agreement on transfer of defense equipment and technology between the Government of Vietnam and the Government of Japan”.
“With the desire to promote peace and stability in the region and the international community, I look forward to having an exchange and enhancing defense cooperation,” Defense Minister Kishi said at a press conference.
Earlier, in July, Japanese media reported that Mr. Kishi considered a plan to visit Vietnam and had a meeting with Vietnam’s Defense Minister Phan Van Giang in mid-August. However, according to Japanese media, the trip was postponed because of the COVID-19 situation.
Defense Minister Kishi, 62, is the cousin of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Mr. Kishi is the son of politician Abe Shintaro and Mrs. Abe Yoko (Kishi).
Mr. Kishi joined the government cabinet in 2020, is one of the new faces selected by Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide when replacing Mr. Abe Shinzo.
Not only similar to Mr. Abe in appearance, Mr. Kishi’s political views are also described by the Japanese press as having many similarities with Mr. Abe, and as a hardliner in defense.