A Vietnamese military delegation led by Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Defence Minister attended the sixth ASEAN-Japan Vice Defence Ministerial Meeting in Yokohama, Japan.
The meeting focused on the two major topics on the status related to maritime security in Asia-Pacific and how to maintain and improve maritime security in the region.
The event takes place in the context that the parties have paid special attention to peace and stability at sea as maritime security has impacted on the regional and global security, political and economic situation.
ASEAN countries enjoy benefits in line with security issues of Japan's concern, resulting in a sound and equal relationship for mutual benefit between the two sides which has contributed to peace, stability and security in the region and the world.
ASEAN and Japan are also concerned about the recent developments in the East Sea and the South China Sea,behaviors of disrespect for international law, sovereignty violations and impacts on maritime security and safety and trade liberalization.
All countries are aware of the necessity to strengthen security cooperation between the regional grouping and Japan as well as other countries and take counter measures to prevent challenges that lead to the risk of military conflicts.
To solve these security challenges, Japan has launched a number of initiatives and specific areas of cooperation with ASEAN countries on non-traditional areas- disaster relief, anti-piracy, search and rescue work.
Regarding the Japan-ASEAN defence and security relations, Deputy Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh considered promoting security cooperation to be an important foundation for building a sustainable partnership.
ASEAN and Japan have built trust pertaining to cooperation purposes among the parties for mutual benefit, peace and stability.
Countries should work more closely on achieving a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) for ensuring interests of ASEAN countries and their partners in the East Sea, Vinh said.
The partnership between Japan and ASEAN, including defense-security relations is on the right track for strong growth in recent years. Japan was the first country to organize defence conferences and building multilateral relations with ASEAN.
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