Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared that Japan will cooperate with Vietnam to establish peace and stability in the South China Sea so that there can be freedom of navigation in the region. At the same time, the Japanese Prime Minister announced a financial aid of $ 12.5 million to Vietnam. The Prime Minster of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc reached Japan on Monday and met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
A special meeting of the countries in the Mekong sector namely Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand with Japan is scheduled to be held in Japan from Tuesday Prime Minister Phuc is in Japan to attend the meeting. The Japanese Prime Minister announced increasing the cooperation between Japan and Vietnam. Prime Minister Abe expressed concern over the Chinese claim over the Vietnamese marine region and the island groups in the South China Sea.
Abe said that Japan will offer all possible help to Vietnam in its efforts to establish peace and stability in this marine region important for international freight movement. Vietnamese Prime Minister also clarified that the Japanese cooperation for establishment of trade and security in the South China Sea will always be welcomed by Vietnam.
The cooperation between Japan and Vietnam dates long back in history and the two countries have started special efforts to enhance the ties. A few days ago, the Japanese warships had visited Vietnam after the war exercises that they had participated in the South China Sea.