PM: Vietnam Continues to Prioritize Ties with the Republic of Korea

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh emphasized the importance of Vietnam's relationship with the Republic of Korea (RoK) during a meeting with Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on May 19 in Hiroshima, Japan, expressing a desire to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

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Vietnam Consistently Values Relationship with RoK: PM
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) and RoK President Yoon Suk-yeol. Photo: Vietnamnet

The meeting took place as part of Chinh’s trip to attend the expanded Summit of the Group of Seven (G7), VietnamPlus reported. Chinh’s visit was significant as it was the first time in history that a leader from Vietnam had been invited to the G7 Summit.

PM Chinh proposed that the Republic of Korea (RoK) continue to cooperate and support Vietnam in five specific areas, including capital, technology, human resources, institutional building, and management. The proposed collaboration will enable both countries to build upon their strong relationship and create a more prosperous future. By investing in capital, technology, and human resources, both nations can strengthen their economic ties and create a more prosperous future for their citizens. Furthermore, institutional building and effective management will help ensure that the partnership continues to flourish. This cooperation will ultimately create a brighter future for both countries.

Chinh suggested that the two sides should continue to foster economic, trade, and investment cooperation, aiming to achieve a balanced and healthy trade of USD150 billion by 2030. He also welcomed RoK businesses to invest in major infrastructure projects in Vietnam and affirmed that the Vietnamese State, Government, and relevant agencies will strive to create favourable conditions for the RoK’s businesses to invest and increase their presence in the country in the future.

For his part, Yoon affirmed that the Republic of Korea (RoK) is ready to collaborate with Vietnam in various areas, especially those in which the RoK has strengths and Vietnam has needs. This includes science and technology, innovation, which can contribute to the socio-economic development and improve the quality of life for the people in both countries.

The RoK President declared that he is confident that, based on their comprehensive strategic partnership, the relationship between the two countries will become increasingly robust and meaningful.

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to taking practical measures to support the Vietnamese community living in the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Korean community living in Vietnam. They agreed to work together to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for both.

Both sides agreed to continue to exchange views and coordinate on international and regional issues of common concern at multilateral cooperation mechanisms and international organisations, contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.

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Vietnam Consistently Values Relationship with RoK: PM
At the ceremony in Hiroshima to announce the direct flight route between Hanoi and Hiroshima. Photo: VNA

The same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Chinh attended a ceremony in Hiroshima to announce the direct flight route between Hanoi and Hiroshima, which is Vietjet Air’s first route connecting the two cities and its 8th route connecting Vietnam and Japan, according to VOV. This marks a major step forward in the development of the strong economic and cultural ties between the two countries.

The new route will start serving passengers from July 19th, 2023 with two round-trip flights per week on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Vietjet currently operates direct flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka, as well as additional flights to Niigata, Shizuoka, and Fukushima.

Vietjet’s new flight has opened up a wealth of opportunities for cooperation in investment, trade, tourism, cultural exchange, and people-to-people exchange between Vietnam and Japan, and between Hiroshima Prefecture and the wider world. This development is especially significant, as it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

PM Pham Minh Chinh (R) receives representatives of the Japan - Vietnam Friendship Association of Hiroshima prefecture on May 19. (Photo: VNA)
PM Pham Minh Chinh (R) receives representatives of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Association of Hiroshima prefecture on May 19. Photo: VNA

On May 19, the Prime Minister received leaders of the Hiroshima-Vietnam Peace and Friendship Association, the Hiroshima-Vietnam Association, and the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association of Hiroshima Prefecture.

He also had a fruitful meeting with representatives of the Vietnamese community in Japan shortly after arriving in Tokyo.

PM Chinh is on a three-day journey to attend the widened Summit of the Group of Seven (G7) and make a working visit to Japan at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart, Kishida Fumio. This visit marks a milestone in the development of the longstanding relationship between the two countries, and is sure to have a lasting impact on the global stage. PM Chinh will use this opportunity to increase collaboration between the two countries, and to share ideas and insights that will benefit both. Additionally, the visit will serve to strengthen the ties between the two nations, and to open the door to further progress and growth. With this visit, PM Chinh is set to make a lasting impression on the international stage, and to further advance the relationship between Japan and Vietnam.

According to the detailed agenda of the expanded G7 Summit, the Vietnamese leader will attend three discussion sessions on crucial topics, such as: handling multiple crises, joint efforts for a sustainable planet, and towards a peaceful, stable and prosperous world.

He is set to take part in activities related to the G7 Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII) initiative, and hold bilateral meetings with heads of state and international bodies.

The invitation of Vietnam to attend the expanded G7 Summit by Japan, which is holding the rotating Presidency of the G7, is a testament to the importance that the G7 in general and Japan in particular attach to the nation’s growing role in the region.

Rosy Huong