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Vietnam-Japan summit nears with China looming in background

2 sides will discuss regional security and Beijing's CPTPP bid

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, right, meets with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on the sidelines of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland on Nov. 2. (Pool photo)

TOKYO -- As China and Japan both seek greater influence in Southeast Asia, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh are set to meet here Wednesday.

Chinh is visiting Japan from Monday to Thursday. The summit will mark Kishida's first in-person meeting with a world leader since taking office, aside from international gatherings.

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