Japan to export defense equipment, tech to Vietnam – Asia Times

Japan and Vietnam agreed to step up security and defense cooperation Monday, reaching an agreement in principle for Tokyo to export defense equipment and technology to the Southeast Asian nation.

The deal comes as concerns mount over China’s increasing assertiveness in the contested South China Sea, with Beijing expanding its military presence in the region.

The pact would allow Japan to export equipment, likely including patrol planes and radar, to Vietnam, according to Japanese news agency Kyodo.

“It is a big step in the field of security and defense cooperation between the two countries that we reached an agreement in principle on the transfers of defense equipment and technology,” said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in Hanoi during his first visit overseas since taking office last month.

“And I believe that it will advance further.”



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