Japan inks deal to export defense assets to Vietnam amid China worry

Japan and Vietnam signed a deal Saturday enabling exports of Japanese-made defense equipment and technology to the Southeast Asian country to boost cooperation amid China’s rising assertiveness in regional waters. The accord was inked in Hanoi during Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi’s first trip overseas after assuming the post last year. Japan will speed up talks with Vietnam to sell Self-Defense Forces’ vessels, Kishi said in an online press conference, following a meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart Phan Van Giang. Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and his Vietnamese counterpart Phan…

China and Vietnam should avoid expanding South China Sea conflict – Wang Yi of China

File Photo: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi listens during a meeting in Manila, Philippines, on January 16, 2021.Francis Marasig / Pool via REUTERS // File photo September 11, 2021 Shanghai (Reuters) – China and Vietnam should refrain from unilateral action on the South China Sea, which could complicate the situation and widen the conflict, China’s senior diplomat Wang Yi told Vietnamese officials. .. The Secretary of State was talking to Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Fam Binh Min during his visit to Vietnam, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.…