Kishida meets Vietnam's PM Chinh

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has expressed hope for further development of bilateral relations with Vietnam in talks with its visiting Prime Minster Pham Minh Chinh.

Kishida met Chinh at the Japanese prime minister's office in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Chinh is the first foreign leader Kishida has met in Japan since taking office.

At the start of the meeting, Kishida said Vietnam is Japan's important partner in realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

He said he believes Japanese firms operating in Vietnam and Vietnamese people working in Japan will play major roles in the recovery of the two countries' economies.

Kishida said he will work with Chinh to develop bilateral ties.

Chinh congratulated Kishida on assuming office and said he believes Kishida's inauguration will bring a bright future for friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

The two are believed to have reaffirmed cooperation to maintain and strengthen the international order based on freedom and the rule of law, apparently with China's advances in the East and South China seas in mind.

They are also believed to have discussed anti-coronavirus measures and ways to strengthen supply chains to ensure stable supplies of semiconductors and other products that are important for industries.