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Workshop ponders East Sea challenges

Update: November, 25/2015 - 08:41
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy (left) , Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam called on the parties involved to forge ahead with multi-dimensional approaches, appreciate security forums in the region, respect one another, and follow international law. — Photo tuoitre.vn

VUNG TAU CITY (VNS) — A number of thorny matters stemming from the East Sea situation relating to on-the-spot developments, military strategies and international law application were raised during an international conference which closed yesterday in southern Vung Tau City.

Addressing the closing ceremony, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam (DAV), said the panels discussed in-depth the fresh developments in the East Sea, the military strategies used by involved parties, the implementation of international law, and the negotiations for the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

He called on the parties involved to forge ahead with multi-dimensional approaches, appreciate security forums in the region, respect one another, and follow international law.

Experts said a peaceful and stable East Sea would benefit all countries.

To that end, it is important to maintain the status quo and avoid unilateral actions in the East Sea such as militarisation or declarations of an air defence identification zone.

Some raised their concerns over China's illegal reclamation and construction of artificial islands in the East Sea as well as the possibility of installing military equipment there. Such moves could result in arms races and threaten peace and security in the region. An evolving sea security architecture in Asia-Pacific, especially with ASEAN's central role, would have positive contributions to the settlement of disputes in the East Sea, Dr Nguyen Nam Duong, Deputy Director of the Strategic Research Institute of the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam said.

ASEAN, therefore, would need to reinforce its centrality and connect closely with the evolving regional architecture to contribute to maintaining peace and handling disputes and disagreements in the East Sea, Duong noted.

Participants reiterated the crucial role of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLO) as a foundation to define the sovereignty and jurisdiction of countries in the East Sea.

For the first time at the conference, the Young Leaders' Programme (YLP) provided an exceptional opportunity for young researchers to share cooperation initiatives in the East Sea based on increasing mutual trust.

They confirmed their strong commitments to promoting dialogues and cooperation between young leaders of all nations across the fields, contributing to the common goal of maintaining peace, mutual benefits and prosperity in the East Sea. — VNS

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