Manila (VNA) – Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on
November 14 emphasised cooperation orientations for East Asia while speaking at
the 12th East Asia Summit (EAS 12) with eight partner nations in
Manila, the Philippines, as part of the 31st ASEAN Summit and related meetings.
PM Phuc said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well
as other countries in the world is facing numerous challenges, including
terrorism, violent extremism, nuclear proliferation, cyber security and
He shared his concerns over the situation in the Korean Peninsula,
particularly recent ballistic and nuclear missile tests by the Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), threatening peace and stability in the
In that context, the PM urged the involved parties to increase dialogues
and practical cooperation; build an open, balanced, transparent and rule-based
regional architecture; promote the EAS’s role in addressing regional
challenges. He welcomed the EAS to bring marine cooperation into a new priority
Regarding the East Sea issue, PM Phuc reiterated ASEAN’s stance,
including principles stated in the Joint Communiqué of the 50th ASEAN Foreign
Ministers’ Meeting in August 2017, which are ensuring security, safety and
freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea; addressing disputes via
peaceful measures in line with international law, including the United Nations
Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS); not using force and militarising;
fully respecting legal and diplomatic processes; and implementing
comprehensively and seriously the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the
East Sea (DOC) and soon reaching a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
The PM welcomed ASEAN’s and China’s adoption of
a framework for the COC in August and stressed the need to promote negotiations
for a feasible, legally-binding COC in accordance with international law,
including the UNCLOS, to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea in the
At the summit, the countries discussed strategic issues related to
politics-security and economic development in the region.
They agreed to promote cooperation in various fields and increase the
role of the summit, especially in the formation of an open, balanced,
transparent and rule-based regional architecture.
Leaders agreed to supplement marine cooperation as a new priority field
of the EAS in order to strengthen collaboration in sharing information,
scientific research, and marine environmental protection in addition to coping
with non-traditional security challenges at sea such as piracy, armed robbery, transnational
crime, maritime pollution, and navigation accidents.
They called on countries to enhance cooperation
to cope with challenges such as terrorism, violent extremism, trans-boundary
matters, cyber security, human trafficking and climate change.
The leaders exchanged views on regional and international issues and
expressed concerns over recent developments in the Korean Peninsula, the East
Sea and Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
At the event, the leaders agreed to adopt declarations on anti-money
laundering and countering financing for terrorism, preventing the spread of
terrorism and chemical weapons, and cooperating to reduce poverty.
The EAS brings together ten members of ASEAN (Brunei, Cambodia,
Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippine, Singapore, Thailand and
Vietnam), and the bloc’s partners, Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic
of Korea, New Zealand, Russia, and the US.-VNA