Regional security challenges discussed at ASEAN conference in Philippines

Delegates at the 14th ASEAN Security Policy Conference (Source: VNA)

Manila (VNA) – Defence officials from member countries of the ASEAN Regional
Forum (ARF) discussed outstanding regional security issues at the first debate
of the ASEAN Security Policy Conference (ASPC) that opened in Manila, the
Philippines, on June 29. 

The Vietnamese
delegation to the event is led by Sen. Lieut. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief
of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army.

Presenting Vietnam’s views, Minh said the
overall regional situation remains peaceful and stable, but there have been
rapid, complex developments along with potential threats. He cited as example
the situation in Northeast Asia, natural disaster, piracy, terrorism and
disputes in the East Sea. 

The Vietnamese head delegate said the East Sea
issue is a complicated matter that caused grave concern for ASEAN and the
international community.

He reiterated Vietnam’s stance that the East Sea disputes
should be addressed by peaceful measures on the basis of international law and respect
for diplomatic and legal processes, along with the full and effective
implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea
(DOC) and efforts to soon reach a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

piracy in the region, Vietnam calls on regional countries to uphold their sense
of responsibility and join efforts to fight piracy via coordination mechanisms,
the sharing of information and experience, and joint patrols, Minh said. 

Vietnam also shares the concern of countries
amidst the dangerous spread of terrorism and stands ready to closely cooperate
with them to effectively handle this security challenge, he noted. 

Minh noted that ASEAN cooperation through such
mechanisms as ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM), ADMM , ARF and East-Asia
Summit (EAS) continues to prove its role in promoting defence-security cooperation
in the region, control conflicts and build trust, especially since the official
launch of the ASEAN Community.

The officer called on the regional countries to
step up pragmatic bilateral defence collaboration, considering this a
foundation for more efficient multilateral defence and security cooperation. 

Apart from terrorism and the East Sea
issue, delegates at the event also exchanged views on other emerging problems
like tensions on the Korean Peninsula. 

To effectively deal with these cross-border
security challenges, they underlined the need for regional countries to further
enhance their pragmatic cooperation by actively participating in ASEAN-led
mechanisms like ADMM , ARF and EAS. 

The ASPC is a
high-level forum for defence cooperation in the framework of the ARF, whose
membership comprises one organisation, ten ASEAN countries, ASEAN’s ten dialogue partners (Australia, Canada,
China, India, the EU, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the
US) along with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Timor Leste, and one observer (Papua New Guinea).-VNA

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