Japanese Prime Minister Kishida starts official visit to Viet Nam
VGP – Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio arrived at Ha Noi-based Noi Bai International Airport this afternoon, starting his official visit to Viet Nam at the invitation of Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh.
This is Kishida's first official visit to Viet Nam since he became the Japanese Prime Minister in October 2021.
During the visit Kishida is expected to hold talks with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, pay courtesy calls on Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and meet with Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue.
The visit takes place in the context that the relationship between the two countries is at best stage of mutual trust.
Viet Nam and Japan established diplomatic relations on September 21, 1973 and lifted the bilateral ties to strategy partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia in March 2014.
Japan has become one of Viet Nam's top partners and the first G7 country to recognize Viet Nam's market economy status (in October 2011).
The Northeast Asian country is also the biggest ODA provider, the third largest investor, and the fourth trade partner of Viet Nam.
The two-way trade reached US$427 billion last year and US$11.2 billion in the first three months of 2022, up 11 percent against the same period last year.
As of March 20, 2022, Japanese investors pledged to pour US$64.410 billion in 4,828 projects./.