An officer checks the alignment of the honour guard before a welcoming ceremony for Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi

An officer checks the alignment of the honour guard before a welcoming ceremony for Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi

An officer checks the alignment of the honour guard before a welcoming ceremony for Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam January 16, 2017. REUTERS/Kham

January 19, 2017 2:44 PM (UTC+8)