Foreign Minister: ASEAN is a model of regional connectivity

ASEAN has become a prestigious organization in the world and a model of successful regional linkage after 55 years of development, according to Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.

From a group of Southeast Asian countries divided by war, ASEAN has become one of the most important, prestigious and successful regional organizations in the world, playing a central role in dialogue processes. , cooperation and linkage in the region, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son said in today’s article, on the 55th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on August 8, 1967, reflecting the common aspirations of many countries in the region for peace, stability, friendship and cooperation for mutual development.

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.  Photo: BNG.

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son. Image: Foreign Office.

Vietnam joined ASEAN in 1995, paving the way for the building of an ASEAN common house linking 10 Southeast Asian countries. In 1997, the bloc adopted the ASEAN Vision 2020 for the first time on a Community “cohesive in a common identity”.

The ASEAN Community was formed in 2015 with three pillars of security – politics, economy and culture – society, raising the process of regional cooperation and connectivity to new heights for peace, cooperation and mutual understanding. prosper.

ASEAN currently has dialogue partnerships with 11 important countries and international organizations such as China, the US, Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, the European Union (EU), etc. and regulations of the bloc such as the ASEAN Charter, the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC)… are welcomed by the international community.

“After 55 years of construction and development, ASEAN can be proud to be a model of successful regional linkage,” wrote Minister Bui Thanh Son, saying that this is the foundation to continue to strengthen the united ASEAN Community. , self-resilient and adaptive.

According to him, ASEAN is always loyal to its purpose and operating principles, promoting dialogue, cooperation and building trust between countries inside and outside the region. The bloc has made important contributions to maintaining a peaceful and stable environment in the East Sea, on the basis of upholding international law, settling disputes and disagreements by peaceful means, and gaining support from the international community. household.

Regarding economic integration and linkage, ASEAN’s GDP in 2021 will reach 3,360 billion USD, an increase of more than 30% compared to 2015 when the ASEAN Community was established.

ASEAN is also the center of an open economic space with a network of 8 free trade agreements (FTAs) including the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) and 7 FTAs ​​with important partners. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), creating a free trade area that accounts for 30% of the world’s population and 32% of global GDP.

Minister Bui Thanh Son emphasized that ASEAN has always played an important role in Vietnam’s foreign policy and international integration. Vietnam has strictly implemented its commitments and obligations as a member, has made many important contributions to strengthening solidarity, building the ASEAN Community and realizing the ASEAN Vision 2025.

In ASEAN activities, Vietnam always upholds solidarity and consensus in the spirit of “solidarity, solidarity, great solidarity; success, success, great success”.

As the Chair of ASEAN 2020, in the face of unprecedented difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam has persisted in ASEAN’s principles, fully embodying the spirit of “cohesive and proactive adaptation”, bringing the The ASEAN ship overcomes the waves and maintains the momentum of regional cooperation and connectivity.

With the motto of being proactive, positive, sincere, reliable and responsible, Vietnam continues to make efforts to build the ASEAN Community, making important contributions to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region. and in the world, Minister Bui Thanh Son affirmed.

Vu Anh

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