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Vietnam and Japan Elevate Diplomatic Ties in Response to China’s Growing Assertiveness in Asia-Pacific

Vietnamese President Võ Văn Thưởng at a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on November 26, 2023 where they discussed the elevation of bilateral ties between their two countries. Image via the Vietnam News Agency.

Vietnam added another major power to its growing list of top-tier diplomatic partners this week when President Võ Văn Thưởng announced the elevation of diplomatic ties with Japan to “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” — Hanoi’s highest diplomatic status that puts Tokyo at the same level as China, the U.S., Russia, South Korea and India.

Thưởng made the announcement in Tokyo during a summit with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday to commemorate 50 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

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