ASEAN-US Joint Cooperation Committee holds ninth meetings
Updated : Tuesday, May 08, 2018 3:01 PM (GMT+0700)

The ninth meeting of the ASEAN-US JointCooperation Committee (JCC) took place in early May in Jakarta, Indonesia, totake stock of their cooperation across a wide range of areas.

 
Delegates from ASEAN and the US take photo at the event - Source: http://asean.org

Thetwo sides agreed that 2017 marked a big stride forward in the 40-year bilateralties. 

TheASEAN appreciated US President Donald Trump’s attendance at meetings within theframework of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, the Philippines, in November 2017 andhailed the working visit by US Vice President Mike Pence to the ASEANSecretariat in Jakarta in April 2017 and the special meeting between ASEAN andUS foreign ministers in May 2017.

TheUS side affirmed that those events reiterated its commitment to and policies onthe region as well as its hope to strengthen coordination with the bloc toelevate the bilateral relations to a new height.

Regardingcooperation programmes, the two sides noted the positive progress made in theimplementation of the ASEAN-US Plan of Action in 2016-2020 with 91 out of the130 lines of action (about 88 percent) being carried out in various fields suchas dealing with cross-border challenges, increasing navigation cooperation,economic integration, and development cooperation, training young leaders, andpromoting gender equality.

ASEANcalled on the two sides to beef up collaboration for the common goals of peace,security, stability and prosperity in the region, including in the East Sea.

Thebloc proposed the US provide more support to realise the Initiative for ASEANIntegration (IAI) and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025.

Theassociation also revealed its priorities in 2018 which are building a resilientand innovative ASEAN Community, establishing the ASEAN Smart Cities Network andpromoting cyber security.

Inreiterating its commitment to strengthening relations with ASEAN, the USunderscored the important role that ASEAN has played in maintaining peace andstability in the region, making ASEAN the corner stone of the US’ open and freeIndo-Pacific strategy.

TheUS pledged to continue supporting the central role of ASEAN and the implementationof ASEAN development programmes and projects in the coming time.

Bothsides underlined the importance of security, safety and freedom of navigationand aviation and stressed the need to follow principles of rule-basedbehaviours without use or threat to use forces while restraining and settlingpeacefully any disputes in line with international law, including the 1982 UNConvention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

ASEANand the US established relations in 1977 and elevated their ties to an EnhancedPartnership in 2005 and a Strategic Partnership in 2015. 

TheUS was the first dialogue partner to send its own ambassador and set up apermanent representative delegation in ASEAN in June 2010.

Source: VNA

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