Vietnam's Vice Foreign Minister Phan Hien arrived in Japan on Tuesday (4 July) from Thailand, on the second leg of his tour of South East Asia.
Vietnam's Vice Foreign Minister Phan Hien arrived in Japan on Tuesday (4 July) from Thailand, on the second leg of his tour of South East Asia. He is the first high-ranking Vietnamese official to visit Japan since the unification of North and South Vietnam two years ago.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Hien had a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda on Wednesday (5 July). He will be in Japan for eight days to exchange views with Japanese government leaders on policies towards the Association of South East Asian Nations, Indochina and other parts of Asia, as well as future economic and technical co-operation.
Mr. Hien called on Mr. Fukuda to hand over a letter from the Vietnamese Premier Pham Van Dong. The Japanese are urging the Vietnamese to move quickly towards the normalisation of relations with the United States. They take the view that this would contribute to peace and security in Asia as a while. Japanese has stressed that Vietnam's non-alignment and independent policies are a pre-condition to Japan's economic assistance. Mr. Hien told officials that Vietnam's participation in the Council of Mutual Economic Association, an economic co-operative of Socialist countries, did not mean vietnam is aligned with the Soviet Union.