ASEAN called to step up efforts against new security challenges
Updated : Wednesday, February 07, 2018 3:49 PM (GMT+0700)

Newsecurity challenges amid the fourth industrial revolution like cyber security,chemical and biological weapons and armed and non-armed terrorism requiresefforts from separate countries and the whole Association of Southeast AsianNations (ASEAN) to counter them.

 
At the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) Retreat – Photo: VNA

Deputy Minister of NationalDefence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh made the statement in a recentinterview with Vietnam News Agency during his participation in the ASEANDefence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) Retreat in Singapore on February 5-6.

Besides new securitychallenges, ASEAN should heighten vigilance over old ones such as marinesecurity, terrorism, conflicts or even war, he warned.

The involved parties areseeking to develop a Code of Conduct in the East Sea to ensure legal andbinding principles based on multinational consensus, he said.

The official reiteratedVietnam’s stance of not accepting the illegal construction of bases on itsterritorial islands.

The only way for ASEANmember states to cope with these challenges is strengthening solidarity, hesaid.

He emphasised Vietnam’spriorities in its external defence policy, which focuses on strengtheningbilateral cooperation with neighbouring countries such as Laos, Cambodia andChina, other countries like the US and Russia, and ASEAN and the European Union(EU).

Regarding multilateralrelations, Vietnam will play a better role in the regional defence cooperation,he said, adding that the EU military defence community is interested in astrategic defence partnership with Vietnam.

Vietnam will enhancecooperation within the framework of the United Nations (UN) by sending soldiersto UN peacekeeping missions.

The country will engage injoint exercises and search and rescue activities in addition to providinghumanitarian assistance and building a defence-based industry, he said.

Soon, the Central MilitaryCommission will adopt a plan on international integration and external defencerelations for 2018-2021 to contribute to national peace, stability, andprotection of sovereignty and independence, he added.

Source:VNA

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