Viet Nam, Japan hold defence policy dialogue

Update: August, 10/2013 - 10:04
Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh meets Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera.—VNA/VNS Photo

TOKYO (VNS)— Viet Nam and Japan have emphasised the necessity of solving disputes and differences by peaceful means to avoid armed conflicts when it comes to sea and island sovereignty issues.

Both have underscored the compliance to international law, notably the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in doing so.

These remarks came out from the second Viet Nam-Japan Defence Policy Dialogue in Tokyo yesterday.

Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh led a Vietnamese delegation to the event, which is part of activities to mark the 40th anniversary of the two countries' diplomatic ties.

At the dialogue, the two sides reached an agreement on supporting each other in research capacity building and management for sea areas and actively participating in international fora to build rules and code of conducts to be applied at sea in conformity with international law.

They reviewed their defence cooperation since the signing of an MOU on defence cooperation and exchange, including the exchange of delegations, personnel training, defence industry, experience sharing in humanitarian aids, search and rescue activities and maritime security.

They talked about co-operation at multilateral forums, including the ASEAN Regional Forum and the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus to ensure a peaceful, stable region.

Regarding the sharing of experience from peace-keeping missions, Viet Nam informed the host of its decision to join the UN Peace-keeping force, which was lauded with a pledge of first-phase technical and management assistance by the Japanese side.

The Japanese side said it backed Viet Nam's "humanitarian mine action" initiative which will be tabled at the upcoming ADMM+ in Brunei, while the Vietnamese side informed that it was studying the application of Japanese technologies in dealing with Agent Orange/dioxin consequences.

The dialogue also touched upon such issues as non-traditional security, nuclear, mass destruction weapon non-proliferation, marine security and anti-piracy.

Talking to the Vietnam News Agency's Tokyo-based correspondent, Vinh said the two sides saw development opportunities in the Asia-Pacific.

However, "the region can only grow when it is peaceful and stable," he said.

The absence of each nation's efforts as well as multilateral co-operation would seriously affect development potentials of the region, they noted.

Earlier on Thursday, Deputy Defence Minister Vinh paid a cordial visit to Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera, and visited some units of the Japan defence force and Sojizt group, which has developed a technology to treat Agent Orange/dioxin. — VNS