From East Sea to Shangri-La Dialogue

05/06/2014
           Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe giving keynote address at Shangri-La Dialogue 2014


Do you know what’s the most expected political event in recent days?
Absolutely, it’s Shangri-La Dialogue where senior politicians and key figures in the region and the world give their voice about challenges to regional peace and stability, especially in case of China’s speeding up its provocative acts on the East Sea.
The IISS Asia Security Summit: The Shanri-La Dialogue (SLD) is a “track on” inter-governmental security forum held annually by an independent think tank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) which is attended by defense ministers, permanent heads of ministries an military chiefs of 28 Asia-Pacific states. The forum gets its name from the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore where it has been held since 2002.
The summit serves to cultivate a sense of community among the most important policymakers in the defence and security community in the region. Government delegations have made the best out of the meeting by holding bilateral meetings with other delegations on the sidelines of the conference. While primarily an inter-governmental meeting, the summit is also attended by legislators, academic experts, distinguished journalists and business delegates.
In recent times, the SLD has been discussing the challenges to peace and stability in the region and the world, especially the East Sea (the South China Sea) issue, this is the hottest topic for delegate to discuss about.
In the opening of Shangri-La Dialogue in 2013, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung delivered a keynote address entitled “Building Strategic Trust for Peace, Cooperation and Prosperity in the Asia-Pacific Region” to deliver Vietnam’s stance in peaceful resolve the territorial disputes on the East Sea and to restrain other country from provocative acts and to build mutual trust among countries in the region and the world. Unfortunately, the emerging China is always acting like a mad bull, on May 2, China stationed its drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 and various ships at 15 degrees 29 minutes 58 seconds north latitude and 111 degrees 12 minutes 06 seconds east longitude. The location is 80 nautical miles deep inside Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone.
The move threatens peace, stability, security, safety and maritime freedom in the East Sea and has also sparked world-wide condemnation to China’s violation of international law.
This time, in the SLD, a lot of senior politicians, scholars has raised their voice to support Vietnam in territorial disputes with China.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in his opening speech of the SLD 2014, pledged to support Vietnam and the Philippines in their territorial disputes with China, saying the use of force and intimidation to change the status quo cannot be justified. Abe also said the rule of law is what makes the Asia-Pacific region stable, adding countries should adhere to international law, avoid resorting to force, and resolve conflicts peacefully. To avoid contingencies at sea and in the skies, Abe urged China to keep its promise made in 2007 to set up a communications mechanism, and pursue dialogue.
Addressing the 13th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on May 31, Hagel extended a clear message to China through its senior defence delegation at the dialogue. He said that China has undertaken destabilising, unilateral actions asserting its claims in the East Sea, and the US will not look the other way while fundamental principles of the international order are being challenged. Hagel also made it clear that Washington firmly opposes any nation’s use of intimidation, coercion, or the threat of using force to assert those claims.
The Australian defend minister called on all parties concerned to exercise restraint and withhold from making aggressive acts. Both sides should take measures to de-escalate tension in the East Sea…
Vietnam has appealed for global support to Vietnam to deal with the dispute by peaceful means and in line with international law, so that peace, security, safety and prosperity can be ensured in the region. And we has been receiving the support. The international community is supporting Vietnam, supporting for the rule of the law and global standards.
I think, with the rightness and proper responses, Vietnam will firmly protect the territorial sovereignty, China’s policy and ambition will shamfully fail.
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All comments [ 10 ]


Phạm Hiếu 5/6/14 21:50

This event bring to light China's illegal and violent acts. The international community can understand the China's real face.

Lê Tín 5/6/14 21:52

Japan, the US, Philippines are among the most active country to condemn China on international arena. They are sending support to Vietnam.

Quốc Kiên 5/6/14 21:57

What is meaning of Shangri-La? Is it a land of promises?

Quốc Cường 5/6/14 21:57

Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a lamasery, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun Mountains. Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, and particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia — a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world.

Huy Lâm 5/6/14 22:01

Now I understand how Shangri-La hotel is chosen to hold the SLD! They want the region and the world can find out peaceful solutions for the problems. To make a better world!

Hùng Quân 5/6/14 22:07

In the Abe's speech, he had directly criticize China for its aggressive policy to illegally expand is territory. He also announced that Japan would provide vessels, ship for Vietnam.

Quân Hoàng 5/6/14 22:11

I love Mr. Abe, I love Japan. Now we are more than friends, we are also on one side in fight to protect our territory from a dangerous enemy.

Huy Quốc 5/6/14 22:16

In the near future, we still have to defend our rights and interest before China's ambition. There are so much of things to do, but we are happy that we are fighting for the rightness and we have international community to support us!

Hoàng Lân 5/6/14 22:17

Shangri-La has contributed to the enhancement of defence diplomacy by participating countries, in part by inspiring similar forums in other regions

Vân Nhàn 5/6/14 22:20

China is so lonely in the ASEAN region, we are going to be one community, we will be more united to our problems, especially the South China Sea. Vietnam will take back what belonged to us.

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