Vietnam's Deputy FM on ASEAN-US Special Summit
Talking to the press, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc also emphasised this is the first time that exchanges and meetings have taken place between leaders of ASEAN countries and leaders of US Congress, Vice Presidents, Ministers in the Joe Biden Administration and major corporations. This showed that the US attaches great importance to, strongly commit to, and support the development of its relations with the bloc.
Regarding the summit’s outstanding results, Ngoc stated that in its Joint Vision Statement, the two sides affirmed their commitment to establishing the ASEAN-US Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, opening up a new era of cooperation between them. The sides’ commitments also cover prioritising supply chain stability, maritime cooperation, health security, education, human resources development, innovative and creative science and technology; and promoting digital transformation, climate change response, energy transformation, and green and sustainable growth.
According to the official, the two sides affirmed to value each other's positions and roles, and exchanged views on regional and global issues. They agreed to strive to ensure peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the region, including the East Sea, to peacefully resolve disputes in accordance with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and to promote a favourable environment for the early negotiations on a Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea that is substantive, effective, and consistent with international law, including UNCLOS.
On the Vietnamese delegation’s participation at and contributions to the summit, Ngoc said PM Chinh took part in and addressed all the activities within its framework, sharing viewpoints on the development orientations of the ASEAN-US relations as well as the international and regional situations.
On the orientations, the PM stressed ensuring peace and maintaining stability must be taken as a frontline issue. The countries should cooperate and share responsibilities, control the differences, respect the law, thus helping realise a world of peace, stability and prosperous development. ASEAN, the US and other partners should strive to cooperate in maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea, in the spirit of respect to international law, restraint from the use of force and unilateral acts that further complicate the situation and erode the trust among the nations. They should also peacefully settle the issues on the basis of international law, including the UNCLOS 1982, and at the same time accelerate the negotiations for the practical and effective COC that comes in line with international law and the UNCLOS 1982.
Secondly, priority should be given to the restoration of the trade and investment flow. Vietnam will provide the best support to the US investors and enterprises in expanding their business in Vietnam and connecting with the ASEAN market; and asks the US to support ASEAN in its green and sustainable development; and expects the US to push up the cooperation in the framework of the Mekong-US partnership.
Thirdly, there should be a global approach in dealing with the global issues.
Besides, the PM had contacts with President Joe Biden, meetings with US administration and congress officials, representatives of major firms and groups, scholars, and the Vietnamese community in the US. He also had meetings with many leaders of other ASEAN countries.