Vietnam and China have voiced their support for South Korea's opposition to Japan's bid for a UNESCO World Heritage listing of historical industrial sites, Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday.

During a meeting with Vietnamese defense chief Phung Quang Thanh in Hanoi on Thursday, South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo asked for the country's "understanding and support for Seoul's effort to stop Japan's drive," according to Yonhap.

"In response, the Vietnamese minister expressed his empathy with the shared painful history, and vowed to deliver Seoul's request to its relevant department," the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a release.