Vietnam's PM in Japan for talks with Kishida

Vietnamese Prime Minster Pham Minh Chinh has expressed his hopes for further economic and security cooperation between Vietnam and Japan.

The prime minister arrived in Japan on Monday for talks with his Japanese counterpart Kishida Fumio.

Before his visit, Chinh responded in writing to questions from NHK and said that he is honored to become the first foreign leader to be invited to Japan since the Kishida administration was launched.

He said Vietnam is eager to take bilateral relations to the next level for the sake of peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region and beyond.

Vietnam faces the challenge of restoring its manufacturing base hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. On the security front, the country has been in a territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea.

During his 4-day stay in Japan, the Vietnamese leader is also scheduled to deliver a speech at an event organized by the Japan External Trade Organization.