PM Chinh underscores reinforcing ASEAN-US strategic partnership

VOV.VN - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has suggested strengthening the ASEAN-US strategic partnership in all three aspects of security, socio-economic recovery and sustainable, inclusive development.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on October 26 led a Vietnamese delegation to attend the 9th ASEAN-US Summit via an online format, with ASEAN leaders, US President Joe Biden and ASEAN Secretary General in attendance.

At the event, participating countries welcomed progress made in both sides’  all-around cooperation and consented to prioritise collaboration for effective COVID-19 control and offer mutual support in sustainable recovery.

ASEAN leaders welcomed the US’s commitment to helping ASEAN improve medical capacity and providing more vaccine, while calling on the US to step up cooperation in researching, developing and producing vaccine and medicine for COVID-19 treatment. 

In his speech, PM Chinh highlighted the active, constructive presence of powers, including the US, as an important factor to ensure peace, cooperation, development and security in the region.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) desires to be fully shared and consulted on arrangements and agreements that would affect the regional balance, thereby avoiding suspicions and maintaining trust, Chinh said.

He hailed the US’s efforts to augment multilateral cooperation and cope with global challenges, especially those regarding the digital economy, green growth and climate change.

The cabinet leader thanked the US for its timely and practical assistance to ASEAN member  states, including Vietnam in the COVID-19 fight.

Chinh suggested the US help ASEAN improve its early-warning capacity for medical emergencies, and called on US firms that produce vaccines and treatment drugs to swiftly fulfill vaccine contracts with ASEAN member states, including Vietnam.

He underlined the need to bolster cooperation in reviving trade and investment flows, creating optimal conditions for businesses to return to each other's markets. He also suggested the US further assist the ten-member bloc in narrowing development gaps and connecting regions.

For security “hot spots” like the East Sea, PM Chinh said constructive approach and responsible behaviour play an important role in dealing with risks as a contribution to stability and development.

He voiced his hope that the US will actively join and cooperate with ASEAN in ensuring peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, in the spirit of respecting law and peacefully settle all disputes and differences via diplomatic measures and on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The PM also shared the US’s concerns, saying he hopes that the US will back ASEAN to play a more active role in efforts seeking sustainable solutions to the Myanmar issue.

During the event, US President Joe Biden reaffirmed his nation’s commitment to strengthening its partnership with ASEAN and underscored the importance of the US-ASEAN ties to the future of a region of over 1 billion people, as well as to security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific. 

He expressed support for ASEAN’s centrality in efforts to build a regional structure based on rules and values and principles stated in the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP).

The US President said the US has donated more than US$200 million for COVID-19 response and 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to ASEAN members. The US will continue to support the region in the fight against the pandemic and carry out the ASEAN-US Health Futures initiative, he added.

Joe Biden announced the intent to provide up to US$102 million in new initiatives to expand the US-ASEAN Strategic Partnership to support the region’s recovery from COVID-19, address the climate crisis, promote economic growth, and develop human capital. 

Amid complicated developments in the region and the world, the two sides reaffirmed the significance of maintaining peace, security and stability in the region.

The US voiced support of the ASEAN’s principled stance on the East Sea, and welcomed ASEAN’s promoting cooperation, dialogue and trust building, ensuring the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and working to build an effective and binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in line with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The US President voiced support for ASEAN’s efforts to enhance dialogue and reconciliation and assist Myanmar in seeking solutions to stabilize the situation.  

At the end of the summit, both sides approved the ASEAN-US Leaders' Statement on Digital Development with the aim of promoting digital transformation and narrowing digital gaps in ASEAN.

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