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Japan, Vietnam boost economic, security ties

By Agencies

Japan, Vietnam boost economic, security ties
Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, left, shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following their joint press announcement rong is on a four-day official visit to Japan. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)

TOKYO — Japan has announced it will give Vietnam used boats and other equipment worth 200 million yen (US$1.7 million) to improve its maritime security capabilities.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the grant Tuesday after holding talks with Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong in Tokyo.

The number of boats wasn't announced. Japan earlier pledged to provide six used ships to Vietnam for law enforcement operations.

Japan also affirmed its commitment to enhance cooperation with Vietnam, including offering 286 million yen (US$2.38 million) official development assistance to help the latter build new general hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Vietnam will open its market to Japanese apples, while Vietnamese mangoes will enter Japanese markets soon, according to a joint statement after the meeting.

It is Trong's first official visit to Japan since he took power in 2011. He will also hold talks with Japanese Emperor and other politicians during his four-day visit.

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