Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Vietnam on Wednesday at the start of a regional tour aimed at strengthening economic and security ties, his first overseas trip since winning power.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, on January 16, 2013. Abe is on his first overseas trip since winning power, seeking to shore up relationships in the region as a counterweight to an increasingly confident China.
Abe will spend less than 24 hours in the communist state before heading to Thailand and Indonesia in an attempt to bolster relations with the vibrant economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations bloc.
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