Vietnam stresses ASEAN-China strategic partnership

Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Vinh affirmed the importance of the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity at a meeting in Pattaya, Thailand, on October 28-29.

Addressing the ASEAN-China Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Retreat, Vinh stated that the effective implementation of cooperation activities within the framework of the ASEAN-China Plan of Action in the 2011-2015 period, including the full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and looking towards a Code of Conduct (COC), also provides a practical contribution to strengthening this partnership. 

The Vietnamese diplomat also emphasized the high importance of peace, stability, maritime security and safety in the East Sea. 

Concerned parties should strengthen cooperation and build trust on the basis of respecting international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982), he said, adding that they also need to fully and effectively implement the DOC and ASEAN’s six-point principle of the East Sea. 
Vinh stressed that as the drafting of the COC is the common concern and interest of both ASEAN and China as well as the whole region, the parties should soon start negotiations on the COC in the spirit of cooperation and responsibility to ensure the COC will become a more effective tool for safeguarding peace, stability, maritime security and safety in the Ease Sea, and to ensure peaceful resolution for disputes and the conformity of international law and UNCLOS 1982, including provisions on respecting continental shelves and exclusive economic zones of coastal nations. 

In this process, ASEAN should manifest the grouping’s responsibility and central role for the regional peace, security and common development, he noted. 

At the retreat, ASEAN and China discussed measures to strengthen their relations, and preparations for the ASEAN-China Summit to be held in Cambodia next month. 

Both sides affirmed to continue efforts in promoting the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity through specific, comprehensive and effective cooperation measures.

VNA/VOV Online