Japan and Vietnam Team Up to Bolster Defences and take on Beijing in the South China Sea
JAPAN and Vietnam have signed a defence transfer deal to step up military cooperation in the countries amid concerns of China’s growing military power.
Japan can give defence equipment and technology to Vietnam under the deal which could include naval vessels. The two leaders also agreed on the importance of maintaining peace, security, freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, and the peaceful settlement of disputes. Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said: “Japan will speed up talks with Vietnam to sell Self-Defense Forces’ vessels.”