Vietnamese PM to pay official visit to Japan

Vietnamese PM to pay official visit to Japan

HANOI, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will pay an official visit to Japan from Thursday to Saturday and attend the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit to mark the 40th anniversary of the ASEAN-Japan dialogue relations, Vietnam's Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.

The Vietnamese premier will also attend the fifth Mekong-Japan Summit in Tokyo.

"Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's visit to Japan this time coincides with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The visit is expected to deepen the Vietnam-Japan strategic partnership, primarily in economy, trade, investment, and development aid, as well as their coordination at regional and international forum," the state-run radio Voice of Vietnam said.

Vietnam and Japan established diplomatic ties in 1973.

In 2002, both countries agreed to build their relations towards reliable, stable and long-term partnership.

During a visit to Japan in 2009 by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nong Duc Manh, Vietnam and Japan agreed to lift their relations to the strategic partnership.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe selected Vietnam as his first stop for an overseas trip in January 2013 after he took office.

Japan is the third largest trade partner of Vietnam with two- way trade turnover hitting 24.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, and 22.9 billion dollars over the past 11 months of 2013 with Vietnam' s respective export and import turnover being 12.36 billion dollars and 10.58 billion dollars.