US, ASEAN explore joint humanitarian operations


Defence Minister Gen. Phung Quang Thanh on April 2 joined his US and ASEAN counterparts for a discussion on post-disaster recovery and humanitarian assistance, as part of the ongoing US–ASEAN defence forum in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In his speech, US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel hinted that both sides can also work together in humanitarian operations, citing the effective bilateral coordination in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines last year and the recent search for the lost Malaysia Airlines plane. 
The gathering of defence ministers marked the first time the US has hosted such an ASEAN meeting. Hagel said it is the latest example of the growing bilateral defence cooperation and the US’s commitment to pivot towards Asia. 
He later led his counterparts on a tour of new amphibious ship USS Anchorage, where he told the media that the rebalance is well under way and will not be derailed, despite budget restraints. 
The official expressed hope that the forum will become an annual event. 
Ministers later visited several defence facilities and the headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Honolulu.-VNA
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Phạm Hiếu 3/4/14 21:49

The US is an important partner of ASEAN.

Quốc Kiên 3/4/14 21:52

In my opinion, ASEAN & US must promote their dialogues to better understand each other.

Huy Lâm 3/4/14 21:54

The ASEAN-U.S. dialogue relations have been progressing well since its establishment in 1977.

Quốc Cường 3/4/14 21:57

Through dialogues, I think we can solve problems that remain as obstacles in our relations.

Lê Tín 3/4/14 21:58

Over the years, the dialogue relations have rapidly grown and expanded to cover a wide range of areas, including political and security, economic and trade, social and cultural, and development cooperation.

Hùng Quân 3/4/14 22:03

in this ongoing US–ASEAN defence forum I hope Vietnam and the US will exchange openly in providing weapons. US should sell some kinds of their weapons to Vietnam. It's good for both sides.

Vân Nhàn 3/4/14 22:07

China is not happy when the both sides getting closer. :D

Hoàng Lân 3/4/14 22:11

Your idea is very interesting! But I think China has to accept it as a fact of life. All countries are free to chose friends to play with.

Huy Quốc 3/4/14 22:12

the US-ASEAN meeting will identify ways to strengthen multilateral security cooperation in the region.

Quân Hoàng 3/4/14 22:14

The principal focus of the ASEAN-U.S. security dialogue has been the role of the U.S. in maintaining peace and stability in the region.

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