PM welcomes EAS giving priority to maritime cooperation
09:23 | 15/11/2017

VGP - PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc on November 14 attended the 12th East Asia Summit (EAS 12) with eight partner nations in Manila, the Philippines, as part of the 31st ASEAN Summit and related meetings.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends the 12th East Asia Summit, Manila, the Philippines, November 14, 2017 - Photo: VGP/Quang Hieu

Speaking at the meeting, the PM highlighted orientations for EAS cooperation in the upcoming time such as enhancement of practical dialogues and cooperation, establishment of an open, transparent and rules-based regional architecture, promotion of the role of EAS in addressing challenges in the region and welcoming EAS giving priority to maritime cooperation. 

Regarding the East Sea issue, the PM repeated standpoint consented by ASEAN, including principles set at the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in August 2017. 

He applauded ASEAN and China to approve the adoption of a framework for the COC in August, stressing the need to promote negotiations for a feasible, legally-binding COC in accordance with international law, including the UNCLOS, to maintain long-term and sustainable peace and stability in the East Sea.

At the summit, the countries discussed strategic issues related to politics-security and economic development in the region.

At the event, the leaders agreed to adopt declarations on anti-money laundering and countering financing for terrorism, preventing the spread of terrorism and chemical weapons, and cooperating to reduce poverty.

The EAS brings together ten members of ASEAN (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippine, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam), and the bloc’s partners, Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia, and the U.S.

By Thuy Dung

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