Abe starts Southeast Asia trip
- Published: 16/01/2013 at 10:51 AM
- Online news:
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday left for Vietnam, the first of three countries making up his first overseas trip since he was selected as Japan's prime minister last month.
The four-day trip will begin today in Vietnam. He then will arrive in Thailand on Thursday, and will close out the trip in Indonesia.
Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the three countries are "part of the 'growth centre' of the 21st century to lead global economic growth" (sic).
Mr Abe will hold talks Thursday with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and has been granted an audience with His Majesty the King. The chief items on the agenda are expected to be general: trade, investment and infrastructure in particular.
In Vietnam and Indonesia, Mr Abe hopes to "enhance partnership in politics and security", the ministry said, but provided no further details.
The Japanese premier's trip follows separate trips by Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso to Myanmar and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to the Philippines, Singapore and Brunei earlier this month.
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