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
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

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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
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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