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Japan and Vietnam share concerns over China at summit

Both sides agree Tokyo will offer more ships, other defense gear to Hanoi

Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, left, and his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, discussed raising sales of Japanese arms to Vietnam at a summit in Tokyo on Nov. 24.     © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Leaders from Japan and Vietnam expressed "serious concern" over China's drive to increase its clout in the East and South China seas at a summit in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Minh Chinh, met to discuss areas of mutual interest and agreed that Japan will export more defense equipment, such as naval vessels, to Vietnam.

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