|ASEAN leaders and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (fifth from left) at the 21st ASEAN-China Summit in Singapore
At the 21st
ASEAN-China Summit, both sides underlined the importance of strategic partnership between the ASEAN and China for regional peace, security and stability.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang concurred to boost trade and investment ties towards reaching US$1 trillion in bilateral trade and US$150 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2020.
He said China supports the ASEAN in the finalization of a Code of Conduct for the East Sea in the next 3 years.
In his address, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc agreed that the ASEAN and China need to promote dialogues, build trust, and uphold international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), in the peaceful settlement of disputes, avoiding the militarization or complication of the situation, working towards an effective and substantive code of conduct (COC), and fully and seriously implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
Speaking at the 21st ASEAN-Japan and the celebration of 45 years of ASEAN-Japan ties, PM Phuc reiterated ASEAN’s strong commitments to elevate the strategic partnership and comprehensive cooperation between the regional bloc and Japan for peace, stability and prosperity of each side as well as the region as a whole.
|Leaders of ASEAN member states and Japan at the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit in Singapore
The ASEAN-Japan strategic partnership and comprehensive cooperation have steadily progressed in all three pillars, particularly in the areas of maritime security, anti-terrorism and trans-national criminal combat, cyber security, nuclear weapon non-proliferation and disarmament, law enforcement training, jurisdiction promotion and defence cooperation.
Japan is the fourth biggest trade partner and second largest investor of ASEAN, as well as the leading ODA provider of many ASEAN member stated, Phuc noted.
ASEAN greatly values support of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund in health care, environment, natural disaster control, climate change, science-technology and innovation, as well as in connection through the implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 and ASEAN Plan of Action on narrowing development gap, and Mekong-Subregion development, the Vietnamese government leader said.
He also applauded Japan’s initiatives to promote connectivity between the rims of Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, adding that Vietnam will try its best to foster ASEAN-Japan ties.
Vietnam welcomes the Japanese PM’s idea of organizing the ASEAN-Japan Day in the country and it is ready to work closely with Japan on the event.
At the end of the summit, ASEAN leaders and Japan consented to approve a declaration on the 45th anniversary of the ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation.
At the 20th ASEAN-Republic of Korea (RoK) Summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc voiced Vietnam’s support for the New Southern Policy of the RoK on strengthening relations with ASEAN on the pillars of peace, prosperity and humans.
He agreed with the view to beef up cooperation in the fields of the RoK’s strength and ASEAN’s demand, such as e-commerce, green technology, scientific renovation, and smart urban development.
It is imperative to advance cooperation in politics and security on a par with the development of the economic and socio-cultural pillars, and intensify cultural and sport exchanges among youths, Phuc added.
At the meeting, the leaders agreed to lift bilateral trade to US$200 billion by 2020, step up cooperation in multiple fields, and organize the Commemorative Summit to mark the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-RoK ties next year.
In leading up to the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-RoK partnership, the two sides agreed to organize a high-level conference to mark the event in the RoK and launching initiatives and specific cooperative activities.