Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien attends ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Plus

17:27 | 08/04/2023

( - A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien attended the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Plus (ADSOM-Plus) in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 3.

At the meeting.

Speaking at the event, Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien said the region and the world are facing a series of security challenges, both traditional and non-traditional, notably those concerning maritime security. These challenges are occurring in many places and cause severe consequences that go beyond the capacity of a single nation to handle, thus requiring the international community to join hands to address them.

Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien speaking at the meeting.

About maritime security, he stressed that the East Sea is a vital maritime route for global and regional trade so that peace, stability and security in the region are of utmost importance. Vietnam always follows the principle of settling disputes and differences in the East Sea through peaceful means, based on respect for independence, sovereignty, and legitimate interests of nations, and compliance with international law, he said. He underlined the significance of strengthening collective efforts to ensure the maintenance of international law and principles in international relations, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC). He also emphasised the need to promptly conclude negotiations and sign an effective and substantive Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in line with international law.

According to him, ASEAN’s defence cooperation with its partners has been growing and becoming stronger. He heightened the importance of building trust, goodwill, transparency and working together to address common challenges in order to build a robust ASEAN community and uphold ASEAN’s central role.  

All delegates in a joint photo.

On the sidelines of the ADSOM and ADSOM-Plus, Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien held bilateral meetings with heads of delegations of the host country Indonesia, Japan and Australia. He also met bilaterally with heads of delegations of China, Russia, India, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia… These meetings aimed to discuss and promote the implementation of important defence-related matters, especially high-level exchange activities, defence policy dialogues. The discussions covered various topics, including important events related to defence and security, such as multilateral and bilateral forums and conferences. The bilateral meetings and engagements played a significant role in enhancing political trust, goodwill and cooperation between Vietnam and its partners in an effective and practical manner.


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