PHNOM PENH (VNS)— The ASEAN+3 Summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK) and China, plus a series of ASEAN+1 Summits between the regional grouping with China, Japan, the RoK, India and the US, took place in Phnom Penh yesterday.
PM meets RoK, Malaysia leaders
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday met with both President of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Lee Myung-bak and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on the sidelines of the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia .
During their private meeting, Dung and Lee expressed pleasure at the recent results of bilateral co-operation between the two countries, especially in trade, investment and labour.
The two sides have organised a wide range of activities to celebrate the Viet Nam-RoK Friendship Year and the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, helping strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples, as well as laying firm foundations for improving bilateral relations.
The PM affirmed that the Vietnamese Government was willing to join hands with the RoK to further enhance the strategic partnership between the two countries.
He suggested the RoK Government continue to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese goods, particularly agricultural products, to enter the RoK market, steadily balancing two-way trade.
The two sides should work harder towards the prompt signing of a memorandum of understanding on labour co-operation, he added.
Lee affirmed that RoK considered Viet Nam as its most important strategic partner in the region and would liaise with the Southeast Asian country in speeding up the satisfactory settlement of pressing concerns.
In another meeting, Dung and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak said they were pleased with development of the friendship between the two countries and agreed to promote the relationship to a strategic partnership.
The PMs agreed that both sides should organise the fifth session of the Joint Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation as well as assign their relevant agencies to sign a memorandum of understanding on co-operation in trans-national crime prevention and an agreement on establishing a joint sea patrol system and liaison channel between the two navies.
The two sides agreed to create conditions for their businesses to strengthen investment and co-operation in areas of mutual strength.
They promised close collaboration in the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement in which both are taking part.
The Malaysian King would visit Viet Nam in 2013, said Najib Razak. — VNS
The summits focused on measures to strengthen relations between ASEAN and its partners, especially in assisting the group in building the ASEAN community by 2015.
Speaking at the summits, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung emphasised the region's common priorities to increase efforts to build the ASEAN Community and ensure peace, stability, security, co-operation and development in the region.
He presented practical measures to ensure the effective and timely implementation of co-operation programmes and projects within ASEAN, as well as between the association and its partners in economics, trade, investment, human resource development, information technology, science and technology, adaptation to emerging challenges and non-traditional security issues.
Dung suggested partners continue to support and assist the association in building the ASEAN community, especially intensifying regional links and connectivity as well as narrowing the development gap, including Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) co-operation, ensuring sustainable use of Mekong River water sources and expanding comprehensive co-operation between Mekong countries and their related partners.
The PM stressed supporting the central role of ASEAN at regional frameworks and forums such as ASEAN+1, ASEAN+3, East Asia Summit (EAS), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the ASEAN Defence Ministerial Meeting Plus (ADMM+).
He suggested ASEAN continues promoting its key role in the regional structure, boost co-operation with partners for the common goal of peace, stability, security and co-operative development in the region.
Speaking of the East Sea issue, Dung emphasised support for concerned parties in fully and effectively implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), ASEAN's Declaration on Six-Point Principles and the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in order to ensure peace, stability, maritime security and safety in the East Sea on the basis of abiding by international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), including regulations on respecting coastal states' exclusive economic zones and continental shelves.
The Vietnamese PM spoke highly of ASEAN and its partners' co-operation outcomes, including those between ASEAN and China during Viet Nam's term as ASEAN Co-ordinator from July 2009 to July 2012 in such fields as economics, trade, adaptation to natural disasters and climate change, education, cultural exchange and the implementation of DOC towards the building of COC.
He applauded the ASEAN-China adoption of a declaration on celebrating the 10th anniversary of DOC in order to affirm the value, importance and full implementation of DOC. This in turn will contribute to peace, stability, maritime security and safety in the East Sea, as well as the peaceful settlement of disputes on the basis of abiding by international law, particularly the UNCLOS 1982, towards the building of COC.
At the summits, ASEAN and partner leaders highly valued recent progress and discussed measures to further strengthen co-operation between all sides to meet their common interests.
ASEAN and its partners agreed to focus their resources to implement programmes of action that will boost co-operation in all fields, ranging from economics, trade and investment to non-traditional security issues and adaptation to challenges such as climate change, disaster management, trans-national crimes and maritime security and safety, including piracy.
ASEAN and its partners appreciated the decision to officially start negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement.
ASEAN countries reaffirmed their open foreign policy and continued to encourage partners to make contributions to regional co-operation as well as assisting the association in building the ASEAN Community. The partners pledged to continue support for ASEAN in building the community by 2015, stepping up regional links and connectivity and narrowing the development gap, as well as support for its central role in regional co-operation processes and frameworks.
Exchanging views on regional issues of mutual concern, ASEAN leaders and partners agreed to further intensify joint efforts for peace, stability, security and development co-operation in the region. The nations voiced their support for a peaceful, stable and nuclear weapon-free Korean Peninsula as well as parties' efforts in improving the Inter-Korean relations and the early resumption of six-party talks.
Regarding the East Sea, leaders stressed their concerns, mutual benefits and the importance of ensuring peace, stability, maritime safety and security in the East Sea, also calling for relevant parties to comply with international laws and the 1982 UNCLOS fully and effectively implement DOC, ASEAN's Six-Point Principles on the East Sea and the early conclusion of the COC.
The 7th East Asia Summit (EAS), ASEAN Global Dialogue and a meeting among leaders of countries participating in the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement are scheduled to take place today. — VNS