Vietnam, Japan to open deputy minister defense dialogue

Tokyo, Nov 1, 2011. Vietnam and Japan will open a deputy ministerial level defense dialogue as part of a strategic partnership agreement signed Monday, Vietnam News Agency reported.

According to the news agency, the agreement was signed between Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda. Dung is now on a four-day visit to Japan that began Sunday.

The leaders agreed that peace and stability in the East Sea is in the international community’s common interest, and that they welcomed the passing of the Declaration of Conduct in the East Sea and appealed for the compliance with it.

The Code of Conduct agreement between ASEAN and China should be completed soon, VNA quoted the leaders as saying. They reiterated that it would benefit all countries in the region to allow freedom of sea transport, conform to current international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and to resolve disputes peacefully.

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