Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said so at the press conference this afternoon, on the end of the 53rd ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) and related conferences.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that strategic competition among major countries is a reality. This fact is always present at conferences and forums around the world. Southeast Asia is a strategically important region and ASEAN has mechanisms, including East Asia and the Regional Forum (ARF), where strategic issues and issues are exchanged. problems in relations between countries relative to the region. So, of course, issues such as strategic competition among major countries are also raised at the annual meetings.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that on the 53rd anniversary of ASEAN’s founding, ASEAN foreign ministers issued a Declaration on the maintenance of stable peace in Southeast Asia, clearly reflecting the views of ASEAN countries. is the desire to build Southeast Asia as a region of peace, stability and prosperity, and wants all countries in the world as well as in the region to play an active, supporting and promoting role in maintaining peace. stable, stable in the area. It also demonstrates the centrality of ASEAN that ASEAN hopes to build.
“Of course, ASEAN countries do not want to be caught in competition among big countries, affecting regional peace. That can be expressed and discussed in ASEAN forums and related conferences “, Deputy Prime Minister said.
At the ASEAN foreign ministers’ meetings this week, China raised a number of initiatives such as the Global Data Security Initiative and the Initiative to promote the integration of the ASEAN Connectivity Master Plan 2025 with the China Belt Road Project.
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh said that ASEAN is an open community, always welcoming initiatives of related partner countries if such initiatives contribute to common development, building a peaceful and stable environment. and prosper. At present, the initiatives that China raised at the conference are all assigned by the ASEAN ministers to study by ministries to make appropriate recommendations.
Responding to a reporter’s question that China, when participating in the conference, affirmed its compliance with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in the East Sea, the Deputy Prime Minister said that the South China Sea is a matter of concern. common and always been interested in ASEAN conferences, because this is one of the most important maritime routes in the world, related to the interests of countries both inside and outside the region. At any ASEAN meeting, the East Sea issue has been raised, with the spirit of calling for building contributions to building the East Sea as a region of peace, stability and freedom of navigation at sea and above. Heaven, respect international law, including UNCLOS 1982. All countries in their statements at the meeting made their point of respecting international law, including UNLCOS 1982.
“All countries are members of UNCLOS, including China, Vietnam and other ASEAN countries. Compliance with UNCLOS 1982 is a natural obligation, ”said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Regarding the UK’s proposal to become a dialogue partner of ASEAN, the Deputy Prime Minister affirmed that ASEAN is a regional organization with a role and position, thus receiving many proposals from countries to become development partners. , dialogue partner and many other mechanisms that ASEAN currently has. ASEAN countries recognized the important role of the UK in the international and regional level as well as the deep ties between ASEAN countries and the UK. ASEAN countries are considering this proposal on the basis of the ASEAN regulations as well as the commitments of other countries to become ASEAN’s dialogue partners.
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