Emerging security order in Indo-Pacific highlighted at workshop
Updated : Monday, July 16, 2018 10:46 AM (GMT+0700)

Aninternational workshop on emerging security order in the Indo – Pacific: issuesand challenges took place in New Delhi, India from July 14-15. 

At the event - Source: VNA

Speaking at the event, VietnameseAmbassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh said the Indo-Pacific region is attractingattention in the context of rapid changes in regional and world situation andin power balance along with increasing grave challenges to peace, stability anddevelopment. 

He noted that the currentsituation in the East Sea is one of the threats to peace, stability and freedomof navigation, aviation and trade in this region.

The world is witnessingactivities to reclaim and construct artificial islands in the East Sea and militarisationvia the installment of equipment and weapons, which the Ambassador said isthreatening not only the sovereignty of Southeast Asian nations but also thefreedom of maritime, aviation and trade of countries outside the region.  

The diplomat emphasised theimportance of the Indo-Pacific and the East Sea in particular to Vietnam,noting that the country holds sovereignty of not only the Hoang Sa (Paracel)and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos but also 3,000 other islands and islets.With a coastline of 3,260km stretching from the north to the south, Vietnam hasmore than 1 million sq.km of exclusive economic zone under the United NationsConvention on the Law of the Sea. 

He said the East Sea isvital to the Vietnamese economy as it is the country’s main gateway to theworld, adding that if the East Sea is occupied, not only Vietnam’s securitywill be threatened but its economy will also be seriously hurt. 

In addition, the Indo –Pacific is also of vital importance to Vietnam as most of its biggest strategicand economic partners are located in the region. 

The ambassador recalledPresident Tran Dai Quang’s speech to Indian statesmen, professors, researchers,scholars and students at Nehru Memorial Museum in India in March this year, inwhich the President called on countries to share a common vision about an openregion based on international law and sharing common interest in maintainingpeace, stability and inclusive prosperity, in which no country, no ethnic groupand no population are left behind. 

All countries should striveto defend freedom and unobstructed traffic of maritime, aviation and traderoutes so that the Indian Ocean – Pacific will not be divided into sub-regionsthat are manipulated by powerful countries, impeded by protectionism anddivided by insular nationalism, he said. 

Ambassador Thanh also urgedcountries to establish effective mechanisms to maintain peace, stability andthe rule of law, ensure common security, prevent conflicts and war, andeffectively cope with traditional and non-traditional securitychallenges. 

He stressed that Vietnam’sviewpoint on the Indo-Asia-Pacific region has many similarities with Indian PMNarendra Modi’s vision about the Indo – Pacific as outlined in his keynotespeech at the Shangri La Dialogue held in Singapore in June 1, stressing thatboth Vietnam and India want to engage in instead of confronting in thesettlement of regional issues. 

Participants at the eventshared the view that the Indian Ocean – Pacific is emerging as the mostimportant region with its status as a geopolitical and geo-economical hub, abusy trade corridor of the most importance globally with nearly two-thirds ofpetrol and one third of global cargo going through it. 

However, the lack ofcooperation rules and trust building measures, along with unsettled disputesand competition for scarce natural resources are seriously threatening regionalpeace and stability. 

The event at the IndianCouncil of Social Science Research was co-hosted by the Centre forCanadian, US & Latin American Studies under JawaharlalNehru University, and the Kalinga Research Institute for Indo-PacificStudies.


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