Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung (not pictured) review an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi on January 16, 2013. Abe is here for a one-day official visit, the first leg of an Southeast Asian trip which will lead him also to Indonesia and Thailand. AFP PHOTO/POOL/NGUYEN HUY KHAM
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung depart after speaking to the media following talks at the Chancellery on October 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The two leaders discussed, among other topics, the current tensions between China, Vietnam and the Philippines over access to the South China Sea sea lanes.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel accompanies Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung upon his arrival for talks at the Chancellery on October 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Prime Minister Nguyen is on a two-day visit to Germany that started yesterday with his arrival in Stuttgart.