Hanoi (VNA) – Defence Minister Gen. Ngo
Xuan Lich received Katsuyuki Kawai, special adviser to Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe, in Hanoi on July 17.
At the meeting, Lich expressed his delight at the
robust growth of the Vietnam-Japan partnership, expecting the two countries’
cooperation to continue expanding in all fields.
For his part, Katsuyuki Kawai vowed to
contribute more to boosting the bilateral engagements for peace and stability
in the region and the world.
Vietnam and Japan established diplomatic ties in
Japan is currently the biggest supplier of
official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam, which is estimated at about
200 billion JPY (1.8 billion USD) annually, making up about 30 percent of total
ODA committed to the Southeast Asian country.
It is also the fourth biggest trade partner of
Vietnam after the US, the EU and China. Two-way trade increased to 30 billion
USD in 2016 from 16.7 billion USD in 2010.-VNA