The 11th National Party Congress took place in Hanoi in 2011 (Photo: VNA)

Tokyo (VNA) – The Japanese Communist Party (JCP) Central Committee offered congratulations to the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) on the 12th National Party Congress, scheduled to take place in Hanoi from January 20 to 28.

In his interview granted to Vietnam News Agency correspondents, JCP Vice Chairman Yasuo Ogata recognised that under the CPV’s sound leadership, Vietnam has undergone considerable changes and reaped a number of achievements, including its victory in the fights against colonialism and imperialism that secured national independence, freedom and reunification, substantially contributing to peace and social progress in the world.

Another attainment was seen in the implementation of the Doi Moi (Reform) policy, which has helped Vietnam become a middle-income country since its implementation in 1986. Within two decades, the poverty rate was cut from 58 percent to 6 percent, which was highly valued by the UN.

Yasuo Ogata said Vietnam is an outstanding player in the international arena, as evidenced by its recent non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council and activeness in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

He added that the CPV and JCP have maintained cooperation and solidarity during the past five decades. JCP Chairman Kazuo Shii visited Vietnam in 2007 and 2013 and had talks with CPV General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

The JCP particularly valued the significance of the talks between the two Party leaders during the CPV chief’s visit to Japan in September 2015, he said, noting that both sides agreed to reinforce their ties in three pillars: fostering cooperation to boost bilateral and people-to-people relations, cooperating for peace in Asia and the world, and increasing theory discussions.

The JCP official stressed the two Parties shared the view that working for the development of a friendship between their countries is a major mission, and the JCP is pleased with the vigorous growth of this relationship.-VNA