Tokyo: Japan-Vietnam have decided to cooperate in the field of space defense and cyber security against China. For this, Japan and Vietnam signed an agreement on Tuesday. The two Asian countries are rapidly expanding their military ties amid concerns over China's growing hegemony. Japan's Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told reporters, in an indirect reference to China, that the space and cyber sector agreement is aimed at finding solutions in view of activities in the Indo-Pacific region that challenge the current international order.
Kishi said his talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Phan Van Giang had "raised defense cooperation between the two countries to a new level". Used to be. China also claims this area and calls it 'Diaou'. Japanese officials say Chinese ships regularly violate the limits of Japanese waters around the islands. Sometimes fishing boats are also threatened.
Kishi also said that he expressed concern over the increase in joint military activities by China and Russia near Japanese waters and airspace. Vietnam is the 11th country with which Japan has signed a defense equipment and technology transfer deal as Tokyo seeks to support its own struggling defense industry. Japan seeks to expand military cooperation beyond its longtime ally, the US, and has signed similar agreements with Britain, Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia.