Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh
He said the regional security is threatened by terrorism, nuclear
proliferation, territorial and border disputes, marine security, and
other growing non-traditional security challenges.
In that context, it is necessary to enhance multinational collaboration,
build mutual trust, respect for legitimate rights, and achieve common
viewpoints and interests to jointly address disputes, he said.
According to Senior Lieutenant General Vinh, either cooperation or
competition, the involved parties must respect the principle of equality
and international law, regarding them as the standards to peacefully
resolve disputes and minimise the escalation of conflict, without use
forces or threat to use forces.
The Shangri-La Dialogue as well as other important security forums
offers a brilliant opportunity for countries to seek measures to settle
disputes to maintain peace, stability in the region and the world, he
said, highlighting the central role of ASEAN in the field.
Regarding tensions in the East Sea, Vinh reiterated Vietnam’s standpoint
to resolutely defend the country’s independence and sovereignty. The
country’s core principle is maximising cooperation and competition for
development as well as dispute settlement, he said.
He added that Vietnam has the policy to strengthen cooperation with
China and other countries to build and consolidate trust while
constructively engaging in frank debates to search for common strategic