Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang stressed that Japan was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam, during a ceremony hosted by the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam on May 23. February to celebrate Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s 63rd birthday.
The similarities in culture, historical ties and friendly feelings between the peoples of Vietnam and Japan as well as many common interests have closely bound the two nations, Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang said.
Greeting the emperor, empress, royal family as well as the government and people of Japan, Tran Luu Quang pointed out that Vietnam-Japan relations were initiated in the 8th century.
Japanese merchant ships arrived in Hoi An in the 16th century, helping form Vietnam’s bustling trading area and leading to the romantic love story between Japanese trader Araki Sorato and Vietnamese princess Ngoc Hoa in the 17th century. did he declare.
The Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister noted that Japan was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam. Bilateral relations have developed rapidly and happily in all fields, especially since the two sides established their broad strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia in 2014, he said.
He pointed out that Japan has always been one of Vietnam’s main strategic partners, with regular exchanges of high-level delegations at all levels. The two countries have provided practical and helpful support to each other during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, adding that Japan is Vietnam’s biggest ODA provider and second-largest labor partner. work, the third in investment and tourism and the fourth in trade.
Decentralized cooperation is a positive point in bilateral relations with more than 70 pairs of localities sharing cooperation agreements.
Currently, the Vietnamese community of nearly 500,000 people in Japan has become the second largest foreign community in the country, he noted.
Vice Premier Tran Luu Quang said Vietnam and Japan have closely coordinated in regional and global multilateral forums and mechanisms such as the UN and the Mekong subregion, while working closely together. in facilitating the economy and trade through the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Transport. – Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Vietnam-Japan relationship is in good shape with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties this year, he said, expressing his belief that the bilateral extensive strategic partnership will enter a new period of development with a more comprehensive partnership. , effective and sustainable, meeting the aspirations and interests of the peoples of both parties and contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and in the world.
Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio said the Japan-Vietnam relationship is at its peak in history. Despite the changes in the region and the world, the two sides still regard each other as an important strategic partner and extend their ties to all areas.
The diplomat affirmed that Japan hopes to work with Vietnam in promoting activities for peace and prosperity in the region, stressing that Vietnam is one of the important partners in the implementation of the free and peaceful Indo-Pacific strategy. open from Japan.
Expressing his hope that Japanese companies will increase investment in Vietnam and launch new projects, the diplomat said it will create positive circulation for each country’s economy.
In 2023, along with investment and trade, Japan aims to strengthen bilateral relations in the areas of infrastructure, ODA, digital transformation, green transition, industrialization and modernization, and development. human resource development to create momentum for the growth of ties, he said. – VNA
Source : Vietnam Plus