Progress in defence cooperation between ASEAN and Japan


On October 7, the 6th ASEAN-Japan Deputy Ministers’ Meeting on Defence has officially took place in Yokohama, Japan. Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of Defence led Vietnam’s delegation to attend the conference. This conference focused on discussing the two main themes including “The status related to maritime security in Asia-Pacific” and “how to maintain and improve maritime security in the region”.
 Deputy Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh said ASEAN and Japan had joint concerns about the recent developments in the sea, including the East China Sea and South China Sea, concerning the behavior does not respect international law, violated the sovereignty of the country and particularly affected security, maritime safety, impacted on trade. All countries were aware of the necessity of strengthening cooperation between ASEAN and Japan in the field of security, as well as cooperation with other nations to make all maritime regions become peaceful, stable , less challenges and the parties should determine countermeasures to prevent this so that the challenge does not lead to the risk of breaking out military conflict.
  To solve these security challenges, Japan launched a number of initiatives and specific proposals for cooperation with ASEAN countries on non-traditional areas such as disaster relief, anti-piracy, search and rescue .... These countries were particularly interested in maritime disputes and affirmed that it must have a general understanding of the law, there is no double standard and no different perceptions about international law, acting by peaceful ways, do not use force or threaten to use force; when a dispute occurs, the parties should negotiate bilaterally and multilaterally to solve problems.
Giving assessment of progress in Japan-ASEAN relations in the field of defense and security, Deputy Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh said that the first step is for both sides to reach a consensus needs to work on security and beside benefits it remains challenges. That is the most important basis to arrive at a sustainable partnership. The second step is that ASEAN and Japan have built trust purposes relating to cooperation between the parties for mutual benefit, peace and stability. According to Deputy Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh, countries should cooperate more closely to the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea for reassuring ASEAN, partners and countries with interests in the South China Sea.
At the meeting, the sides agreed to take actions step by step depending on the capacity of each country in order to ensure mutual benefits to all participating countries. Specific contents of cooperation that the 10 ASEAN countries and Japan can join including collaborative activities on the sea, rescue, industrial cooperation in defense to serve security and especially cooperation to work out the general awareness about behavior on the sea with peaceful means on the basis of international law.

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Huy Quốc 9/10/14 15:52

Japan and ASEAN have agreed to promote bilateral cooperation and their partnerships with other countries, in order to ensure peace and stability in the East Sea and East China Sea,

Vân Nhàn 9/10/14 15:53

the two sides concurred that all parties should implement measures to prevent challenging situations from turning into military confrontations.

Quốc Kiên 9/10/14 15:54

They enjoy stable relations on the basis of equality and contributions to peace, stability and security in the region and the world

Quân Hoàng 9/10/14 15:56

They have common concern over recent developments at sea, including the East Sea and East China Sea , which are attributable to the violations of international law and national sovereignty, affecting maritime security and safety, as well as freedom of trade.

Hoàng Lân 9/10/14 15:57

ASEAN and Japan have developed a deep trust in their partnership.

Hùng Quân 9/10/14 15:58

The two sides should work together closely to develop a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

Lê Tín 9/10/14 16:03

Japan is looking to help build the capacity of regional coastal states through the strategic use of its official development assistance (ODA)

Quốc Cường 9/10/14 16:04

ASEAN needs to increase its own ability to deal with a rapidly changing strategic landscape, which will require equally rapid capacity building on its part. Japan desires to maintain a favourable balance of power in the South China Sea because it is a vital sea lane for Japanese trade (especially energy imports).

Huy Lâm 9/10/14 16:07

Japan is seeking to promote direct arms exports to support the defence infrastructure of ASEAN countries.

Phạm Hiếu 9/10/14 16:08

Japan is significantly increasing its networks, communication and security cooperation with regional states by increasing its participation in these types of multilateral joint military exercises and training.

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