Vietnam reaffirms the safety of the South China Sea on the eve of the ASEAN Defense Conference

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Defense Zhai Zhiwei said that navigation and aviation safety in the South China Sea is a common interest of all countries in the world. Vietnam will resolutely fight to safeguard Vietnam’s sovereignty and ensure the regional peace environment and the common interests of the South China Sea and the international community.

Vietnam will assume the presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2020. The Vietnamese side expressed the hope that during the presidency of the ASEAN, it will consolidate the ASEAN solidarity and friendship, play the core role of the ASEAN, create an enabling environment for the sustainable development of countries and regions, and enhance the image of Vietnam.

The “Vietnamese Network” news website reported on the 17th that the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense held a meeting on the implementation of the proposal for the 2020 ASEAN Defense Conference in Hanoi, and Nguyen Chi Vinh made the above remarks during the interview.

Zhai Zhiwei said that there are traditional and non-traditional security challenges in Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, affecting regional peace and stability, including the South China Sea (known as the East China Sea). This is a common concern of Vietnam and many countries in the world, especially in the region and in countries with relevant interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

He said that Vietnam believes that navigation and aviation safety in the South China Sea is a common interest of all countries in the world. All issues should be resolved through peaceful measures on the basis of international law and towards regional stability, cooperation and development. Strategic friction among major powers is inevitable in the development of countries, but it should not affect the interests of other countries in the region, including navigation and aviation safety in the South China Sea.

He said that Vietnam will resolutely safeguard Vietnam’s sovereignty to ensure a peaceful regional environment and the common interests of the South China Sea and the international community. This will be Vietnam’s position on the future agenda of the various defense conferences.

Regarding the agenda of the 2020 ASEAN Defense Conference, Zhai Zhiwei said that it is expected that there will be a declaration by the ASEAN Defense Minister, which will strengthen the ASEAN’s unity and enhance the ASEAN’s central role in solving regional strategic problems. He said that through this declaration to convey the message to the world, the ASEAN region hopes for peace, and the opposition to militarization and strategic competition leads to conflicts that affect regional peace and security.

During the 2020 ASEAN rotating presidency, Vietnam will hold a number of defense conferences and events, including the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM), the ASEAN Extended Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM+), and the ASEAN Defense Senior Officials Meeting (ADSOM+). ASEAN Military Sports Festival and ASEAN Naval Commander Conference and Maritime Safety Exercises.

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