Foreign Minister Okada visited Hanoi, Vietnam Sunday, meeting with his counterpart Pham Ga Khiem and agreeing to future sessions of what Japan calls “2+2 Talks”, where the Japanese Foreign and Defense Ministers meet with their counterparts in another country. Japan has recently done the 2+2 with other countries, most notably India.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry is calling this the “Japan-Vietnam Strategic Partnership.”

Although the precise content of Japan-Vietnam security relations is yet to be determined, broadly speaking it will almost certainly be focused on forming a counterweight to China. (Link)

Remember that last year, during the People’s Liberation Army Navy anniversary parade, Vietnamese diplomats were flown out to an American aircraft carrier for a visit. The timing was no accident. Vietnam, a historic enemy of China, is being courted by the informal anti-China coalition.

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