Suga On A Mission To Vietnam And Indonesia

Newly appointed Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga certainly understands the political importance of continuity, especially in Southeast Asia. Suga recently made a first stop in Hanoi, Vietnam and continued on to his second visit in the region to Jakarta, Indonesia. Both these Southeast Asian countries are seen as key to Japan’s “free and open Indo-Pacific,” strategy.  There are other reasons for Suga to visit these two countries as well. Vietnam is current ASEAN chair, while Indonesia as the only member of the Group of 20 major economies from Southeast…

Is the Japanese PM’s first overseas trip to Vietnam and Indonesia related to containing China?

Posted October 24, 2020 06:14:35 Photo: Japan has only been allowed to export defence products since 2014. (US Army: Markus Castaneda) Japan’s newly-minted Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has completed his inaugural state visits this week. They were to Indonesia and Vietnam, a non-traditional choice for Japanese leaders who have historically made Washington their first visit. In Hanoi, Mr Suga clinched a defence export deal — only the second for Japan since an export ban was lifted in 2014 — while in Jakarta, he pledged a 50 billion yen ($670 million)…

Japan, Vietnam boost defense ties as South China Sea tensions mount

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga meets with Vietnam’s National Assembly’s Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan in Hanoi, Vietnam Oct. 19, 2020. Kham/Pool/Vietnam HANOI – Japan and Vietnam agreed to step up security and defense cooperation Monday, reaching an agreement in principle for Tokyo to export defense equipment and technology to the Southeast Asian nation. The deal comes as concerns mount over China’s increasing assertiveness in the contested South China Sea, with Beijing expanding its military presence in the region. The pact would allow Japan to export equipment, likely including patrol…

Japan, Vietnam join hands on South China Sea

ANKARA Japan and Vietnam on Monday agreed to join hands and cooperate on regional issues, including disputed South China Sea, local media reported. Speaking to reporters along with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called Vietnam a “cornerstone” of efforts to realize a “free and open Indo-Pacific” and vowed Japan’s continued contribution to “peace and prosperity in the region”, according to Kyodo News Agency. Suga, who arrived on his first overseas trip since taking office last month, said he…

Japan, Vietnam reach broad agreement on transfer of defence …

* Japan, Vietnam agree to tighten ties amid China concerns * Japan, Vietnam reach deal on military goods exports * Leaders agree on need for peace in South China Sea (Updates throughout with quotes, background) By Khanh Vu and Kiyoshi Takenaka HANOI, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Japan and Vietnam agreed on Monday to strengthen security and economic ties, including an agreement in principle for Japan to export military gear and technology to the Southeast Asian nation, amid concerns about China’s regional assertiveness. “It is a big step in the field…

Japan, Vietnam leaders affirm cooperation in South China Sea

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday agreed to cooperate on regional issues including the South China Sea, where China’s growing assertiveness in disputed waters has drawn concern from neighbors. Meeting the press after summit talks with Phuc in Hanoi, Suga called Vietnam a “cornerstone” of efforts to realize a “free and open Indo-Pacific” and vowed Japan’s continued contribution to “peace and prosperity in the region.” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (C, R), alongside Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, attends a welcoming…

Suga to push defense in visits to Vietnam, Indonesia

Japan’s new leader aims to beef up security ties when he visits Vietnam and Indonesia next week amid concerns about Beijing’s growing assertiveness, but he is likely to steer clear of the harsh anti-China rhetoric used by his US counterparts. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, whose resume is scant on diplomatic experience, is following in predecessor Shinzo Abe’s footsteps by making the two Southeast Asian nations the destination for his first overseas trip since taking office in last month. “I think it is important to show … we put more…

We Are Determined To Protect Our Sovereignty On The Sea As China Transgressed Into Our Area Vietnam Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau

India and Vietnam held the 17th meeting of their bilateral Joint Commission with EAM S. Jaishankar and Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh. What did they discuss and how important the meeting was? Firstly, I want to emphasize on how the context is very important.  We call this mechanism the Joint Commission Meeting. This is because participating at this talk, vice ministers of different ministries covering all domains our bilateral relations. So I want to make clear this meeting in important.  Additionally, this is…

Japan’s Suga to focus on security as he visits Vietnam, Indonesia | China

Prime minister’s first overseas trip since his September appointment to show commitment to Southeast Asia. Japan’s new leader will aim to beef up security ties when he visits Vietnam and Indonesia next week amid concerns about Beijing’s growing assertiveness, but he is likely to steer clear of the harsh anti-China rhetoric used by officials in the United States. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who has little diplomatic experience, will follow in predecessor Shinzo Abe’s footsteps by making the two Southeast Asian nations the destination for his first overseas trip since taking…

Vietnam protests China’s illegal corporate registrations on Paracel Islands

“Vietnam’s consistent stance is to strongly protest the formation of what is called the Sansha City and relevant activities that seriously violate Vietnam’s sovereignty,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press meet Thursday. Hang was responding to inquiries to information that since 2012, China has registered over 400 companies in what it calls “Sansha City” on Woody Island, which is part of Vietnam’s Paracel Islands. The information was first announced last month on the official website of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) under the Center…