Hanoi plays key role in Vietnam-Japan relations (22:14 19/10/2020)

HNP - Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh held a meeting with Japan’s Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio on October 16. 

At the reception.

At the meeting, Hanoi’s Chairman highly regarded the comprehensive Vietnam - Japan relations, including the ties between Hanoi and prefectures in Japan, in all spheres. 
Anh noted Japan is the most important trade partner of Hanoi with investment capital of US$11.17 billion through various projects. 
In terms of ODA, Japan is also a leading donor with 33 projects worth US$2.98 billion. During this context, Anh said Hanoi is willing to cooperate with the Japanese side to timely address the latter concern during the process of project implementation. 
Additionally, Anh said Hanoi has effectively contained the second Covid-19 wave with no new cases over the past 60 day in the community, stressing this is a key foundation for Hanoi to continue pursuing the dual target of both containing the pandemic and boosting economic recovery. 
According to Anh, the reopening of commercial flights between the two countries would help speed up Japanese projects in Hanoi. 
Ambassador Yamada Takio said Japan prioritizes the bilateral relations with Vietnam, including the relation with Hanoi, saying this is key in the diplomatic relation of Vietnam - Japan. 
Currently, over 10,000 Japanese and 750 Japanese enterprises are operating in Hanoi. 
The Japanese Ambassador noted the first foreign trip of Japan’s Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide since taking office to Vietnam shows significance in the bilateral relations. 
In 2023, Vietnam and Japan would celebrate 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations, expecting Hanoi to support events held during this year. 
Hanoi’s Chairman said the city would give its best in preparing for the upcoming visit of the Japanese Prime Minister, while requesting the Japanese Ambassador to consider Hanoi’s proposal under the agreement between the two countries. 

By Ngoc Lam

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