New Japan PM might make Vietnam first overseas destination
duonghanhnguyen 1-10-2020, 12:24

New Japan PM might make Vietnam first overseas destination

If the trip materializes, he is expected to hold discussions with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Japanese news agency
Kyodo News
reported on Wednesday, citing government sources.


Japan seeks to strengthen ties with ASEAN member countries amid growing tensions between the U.S. and China over trade, security and other issues, it said.


Vietnam is the ASEAN chair this year.


Japanese national broadcaster
NHK
said a decision would be made after assessing the Covid-19 situation in both countries.


The Japanese PM also intends to visit Indonesia in October to hold talks with President Joko Widodo.


Suga, 71 became prime minister after winning a parliamentary vote, taking took over from Shinzo Abe, who resigned over health issues along with his cabinet.


He was considered Abe’s right hand, serving as chief cabinet secretary for eight years.


Vietnam recently approved the resumption of commercial flights to seven Asian destinations: mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand.


HCMC-Tokyo services are expected to restart in November, and Hanoi-Tokyo services a month after.


Vietnam has had no local transmission for nearly a month.

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