Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (centre left) and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre right) at the Government Office in Hanoi on October 19. Photo: AFP
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (centre left) and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre right) at the Government Office in Hanoi on October 19. Photo: AFP
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Japan, Vietnam to step up defence and economic ties amid China’s growing influence

  • Prime Ministers Suga and Phuc have agreed in principle on a pact that would see Tokyo export arms and military technology to Hanoi
  • The agreement is seen as part of Japan’s attempts to counter Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea, while Vietnam is also ready to support Japanese investment

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (centre left) and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre right) at the Government Office in Hanoi on October 19. Photo: AFP
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (centre left) and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre right) at the Government Office in Hanoi on October 19. Photo: AFP
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