Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, pledged to work together toward the rapid passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement during a meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Nations can’t choose their neighbors, but Vietnam, a country long buffeted by war, is proving it can certainly choose its friends.

President Trump on Wednesday will greet Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the White House, the clearest sign to date that Washington and Hanoi, once-implacable foes burdened by a bloody and tragic history, increasingly share overlapping strategic interests and a mutual outlook on the region and the world.

In the keynote address, Prime Minister Phuc introduced the attractiveness of the Vietnamese investment environment and his vision toward economic integration and development of his country’s industries, while also making a passionate call to Japanese companies to expand business in Vietnam. Following that, a panel discussion was held between Prime Minister Phuc, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and representatives from Japanese companies in terms of deregulation in the service industry and the business environment in Vietnam as well as policies on industry and trade. During the discussion, Prime Minister Phuc expressed his strong commitment toward improving various administrative procedures which were pointed out as obstacles in doing business in Vietnam and promoting mega-FTAs...

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