General Phan Van Giang: ASEAN needs to stick to its principled stance on the East Sea

General Phan Van Giang: ASEAN needs to stick to its principled stance on the East Sea - Photo 1.

Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang, head of the Vietnamese delegation attended the Hanoi Bridge – Photo: VNA

This morning, November 10, the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ narrow meeting (ADMM) was held online.

Major General Pehin Datu Lailaraja Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Md Yussof, Second Minister of Defense of Brunei, presided over the opening.

Attending the meeting were ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi and ASEAN Defense Ministers. The Vietnamese delegation was led by General Phan Van Giang, Minister of National Defense.

Opening remarks, Second Minister of Defense of Brunei As member states continue to work hard to ensure the building of a resilient, future-ready ASEAN for shared prosperity, 2021 remains a challenging year.

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brunei is delighted with the support of its member countries during the 2021 ASEAN Chairmanship.

General Phan Van Giang: ASEAN needs to stick to its principled stance on the East Sea - Photo 2.

The ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Narrow Meeting (ADMM narrow) was held online – Photo: VNA

At the conference, the ministers also exchanged views on the strategic direction of ADMM on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of ADMM.

General Phan Van Giang, Head of the Vietnamese Delegation affirmed that the role of the ADMM over the past 15 years has created a framework for dialogue and consultation at the defense ministerial level in ASEAN on strategic, defense and security issues. contribute to enhancing trust and building common awareness on regional security issues, including the East Sea issue.

Affirming that the protection of security, maritime safety, and freedom of aviation are in the interests of all countries in the world, General Phan Van Giang said that ASEAN needs to stick to its principled stance on the East Sea and resolve the issue. settle disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS 1982).

Strongly promote the commitment of countries to abide by international law, behave responsibly, exercise restraint, not take actions that cause tension or complicate the situation, fully and effectively implement the Declaration on how to respond of the parties in the East Sea (DOC), promoting the early completion of an effective and efficient Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), in accordance with international law and UNCLOS 1982.

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the Vietnamese delegation affirmed ADMM’s ability to adapt to the new situation, including organizing online and in-person activities. Thereby demonstrating efforts to respond to the pandemic, and at the same time showing readiness to safely adapt to the new normal, step by step opening up to ensure socio-economic recovery.

In the morning of the same day, there was also an informal meeting of ASEAN – Korea Defense Ministers held in the form of online.

Discussing at the meeting, South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook proposed the ASEAN – Korea Defense Cooperation Action Plan; assessment of multilateral cooperation in responding to non-traditional security challenges and the possibility of cooperation in cyber security in ADMM+, including Korea’s role as co-chair of the ADMM+ expert group on Network security

Along with the exchange of measures to improve ASEAN’s peacekeeping capacity, including increasing training and training in peacekeeping for military officers of ASEAN countries.

In addition, the Korean side also announced the organization of the United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference, scheduled for December 2021.

At the meeting, the delegates highly appreciated the organization of the first informal meeting between the ASEAN Defense Ministers and the Republic of Korea, and welcomed the ASEAN-RoK defense cooperation action plan.

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