Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrived in Hanoi on Sunday on the first leg of a four-day trip to lớn Vietphái mạnh và Indonesia in his first foreign travel since taking office, as he looks lớn bolster ties with Southeast Asian countries.

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In separate meetings with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Indonesian President Joko Widovì chưng, Suga is expected lớn promote efforts khổng lồ achieve sầu a "không tính tiền và open Indo-Pacific" as well as discuss economic cooperation amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The visit comes as China"s growing maritime assertiveness is prompting nhật bản to seek support from like-minded countries in Southeast Asia. Vietnam giới is one of the claimants in territorial disputes in the South Trung Quốc Sea, while Indonesia"s exclusive sầu economic zone overlaps with China"s nine-dash line.

"I would lượt thích to show a resolve lớn contribute to peace & prosperity in the region toward realizing a không tính phí and open Indo-Pacific," Suga told reporters before leaving Haneda airport in Tokyo.

Suga and Phuc, slated lớn meet Monday in Hanoi, are expected lớn agree khổng lồ facilitate the cross-border flow of medical equipment & other goods as nhật bản looks khổng lồ diversify its supply chain in light of the pandemic, according khổng lồ Foreign Ministry officials.

The countries are cthua thảm lớn reaching a military agreement enabling Japan to lớn export defense equipment and giải pháp công nghệ lớn Vietphái nam, including patrol planes & radar that would help improve sầu its surveillance capabilities, and the pact could be signed during the trip.

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Suga, who became prime minister on Sept. 16 after his predecessor Shinzo Abe stepped down for health reasons, will also make a policy speech at Vietnam nhật bản University, which opened in năm nhâm thìn with funding from both countries.

After flying lớn Jakarta on Tuesday, Suga will meet with Joko to lớn discuss restarting travel between nhật bản & Indonesia that has virtually stopped due to the COVID-19 crisis, as well as cooperation in development of infrastructure such as railways và ports.

They will also affirm plans lớn hold a so-called "two-plus-two" meeting between their foreign & defense ministers at an early date lớn strengthen security cooperation, the officials said.

The prime minister will be traveling with a smaller entourage than usual in order khổng lồ reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavi khuẩn.

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All of them will take polymerase chain reaction tests before departing & upon returning lớn nhật bản on Wednesday evening, but Suga and some members of his group will be exempt from tests during the journey, the officials said.


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