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Japan, Vietnam leaders to meet with S. China Sea, TPP in focus

Japan, Vietnam leaders to meet with S. China Sea, TPP in focus

HANOI, Jan 16 (PNA/Kyodo) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc will meet Monday in Hanoi, where they are expected to discuss a coordinated response to China’s maritime expansion amid uncertainty about incoming US President Donald Trump’s commitment to the stability of the Asia-Pacific region.

At the summit, Japan is set to announce a fresh offer of patrol vessels to the Southeast Asian country, embroiled in a territorial row with China in the South China Sea, to help strengthen its maritime law-enforcement capabilities, Japanese officials said.

Vietnam is Abe’s last stop on a four-nation tour that also took him to the Philippines, Australia and Indonesia, which are, along with Vietnam, key Asia-Pacific countries Abe seeks to strengthen ties with amid the rise of China and uncertainties over Trump’s Asian policy. (PNA/Kyodo)

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