Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo: VNA
The statement was made by Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan.
He went on to say that mutual trust and understanding, promotion of common interests, and improvement of cooperation effectiveness are among the prominent features of the bilateral ties over the past decades.
Viet Nam and Japan set up diplomatic ties in September 1973 and elevated their relationship to the Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Stability in Asia in March 2014.
Japan has become one of the top economic partners and the biggest official development assistance provider of Viet Nam. The Northeast Asian country offered as many as 30% out of US$90 billion in official development assistance for Viet Nam.
Last year, the two-way trade value exceeded US$27.6 billion, of which, Viet Nam’s exports stood at more than US$14.7 billion and imports at nearly US$13 billion. In the first half of this year, the figure reached US$13.9 billion.
Noticeably, Japan always respects Viet Nam’s development policies, noted Mr. Quan.
Viet Nam highly values the active contributions of Japan to peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world over the past decades.
The country also consistently voices support for Japan to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council once the Council is expanded.
Enhanced friendship and cooperation between the two countries will bring practical benefits to both sides and to the region and the world as well.
Party leader Trong’s earlier visits to other powers are indicative of the active and consistent implementation of the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralization of external relations. The visits also demonstrate Viet Nam’s wish to deepen ties with major partners./.
By Huong Giang
Viet Nam Government Portal