torsdag 23. september 2021

Japan, Vietnam gently coming together against China

While the US, UK and Australia dropped their nuclear submarine bombshell last week, less noticed was a potential game-changing meeting between Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and his Vietnamese counterpart Phan Van Giang. In Hanoi, the two defense chiefs signed an unprecedented agreement allowing for the sale of military equipment and sharing of defense technology between Japan’s Self Defense Forces and Vietnam’s military.

The deal also allows for joint military exercises and elevates the bilateral relationship to a new level, including through deeper cybersecurity collaboration. Most significantly, the deal is also expected to pave the way for Vietnam’s acquisition of Japanese naval vessels in the near future.