2014年08月05日

Japan to provide Vietnam with six patrol vessels

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Japan to provide Vietnam with six patrol vessels

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

03 August 2014

Japan has agreed to provide Vietnam with six second-hand vessels to enhance its maritime patrolling capability amid a territorial standoff with China in the South China Sea.

The boats will be transferred before the end of the year as part of a USD500 million aid package funded by Tokyo's official development assistance (ODA) programme.

The agreement was signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Bui Quang Vinh, the Vietnamese minister of planning and investment.

"The South China Sea, which Vietnam faces, is a key junction of maritime transportation," Kishida told reporters after the meeting with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on 1 August.

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