Vietnam's Foreign Minister, Nguyen Duy Trinh, is making a week-long visit to Japan at a time when Vietnam's closer links with the Soviet Union and its conflict with Cambodia are causing concern to Japanese leaders.
MV EXTERIOR PULL BACK TO GV Tokyo International Airport
MV INTERIOR Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Duy Trinh enters airport terminal accompanied by Japanese officials (2 shots)
MVs Trinh walking through airport buildings surrounded by newsmen (2 shots)
MV Trinh and Japanese officials moving down walkway
MV Trinh onto escalator to leave building
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Background: Vietnam's Foreign Minister, Nguyen Duy Trinh, is making a week-long visit to Japan at a time when Vietnam's closer links with the Soviet Union and its conflict with Cambodia are causing concern to Japanese leaders.
SYNOPSIS: Tokyo International Airport, and many high-ranking Japanese officials were on hand to greet Vice Premier Trinh, the most important Vietnamese leader to visit Japan since the two countries normalised diplomatic relations in 1975. According to a Tokyo newspaper report, Mr. Trinh was expected to seek economic aid amounting to fifty billion yen (two hundred and fifty million U.S. dollars), when he meets with the new Japanese Prime Minister, Masayoshi Ohira. The newspaper claimed that, apart from taking into account the economic feasibility of the projects for which the money would be used, Japan would insist that Vietnam pledge a peaceful solution to its border conflict with Cambodia. The Association of South-East Asian (ASEAN) nations have recently demanded that Japan take a positive diplomatic step to solve the Cambodian problem. But, according to the newspaper, Japan is more worried about the implications of Vietnam's treaty of friendship and co-operation that it signed with the U.S.S.R., last month. Reuters reported on the 15th of December that Mr. Trinh had accused Cambodia of occupying Vietnamese territory, and had said Vietnam would continue to de fend itself against Cambodia's hostile actions.