The Hanoitimes - To tackle security issues, nations should decide their own fate while they still need the fair-minded support of international community, especially the major countries, said Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich at the recently-concluded Shangri-La Dialogue 2018.
Lich made the remark during the third plenary session themed “Shaping Asia’s Evolving Security Order”, within the 17th Asia Security Summit or Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, which ran from May 31 to June 3.
Traditional and non-traditional security threats, including sovereignty disputes and terrorism, are clearly visible, posing real risks to stability of Asia-Pacific, according to him. The change in Asian security order is reflected via numerous initiatives launched by big nations, as well as the evolution of nation groups of China- South Korea –Japan or Australia –India- Japan, the Vietnamese official noted.
A Vietnamese military delegation led by Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich will attend the 17th Asia Security Summit or Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore from May 31 to June 3. Photo:VNA
According to Minister Ngo Xuan Lich, the best way to deal with regional security disputes is that parties involved should work together to employ peaceful means and diplomatic dialogues. He suggested that to address complex security issues, each nation must decide its own destiny but at the same time, they also need fair-minded support from the international community, particularly major powers, towards the common benefits.
The Vietnamese Defense Minister also highlighted the role of ASEAN as a model for cooperation and connectivity between small and medium-sized countries in the regional security architecture. ASEAN has played a vital role in shaping the security structure and maintaining peace and stability in Asia-Pacific, he stressed.
He also affirmed Vietnam’s strong will as the chairmanship of ASEAN in 2020.
"In 2020, Vietnam will chair ASEAN, which coincides to the 10th anniversary of ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM+)’s establishment,” Lich said. “We will try our best to get to a vision on Pacific-Asia security, optimize the central role of ASEAN attaching with the unity, solidarity and responsibility of the bloc’s members.”
“Vietnam calls for the support of partners, especially major nations; on the basis of mutual respect for central role of ASEAN, to help ADMM+ truly become an open defense mechanism, mobilizing the collective power to cope with mutual security threats,” Lich added.
Convened by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Shangri-La Dialogue is an important regular gathering of defence professionals in Asia-Pacific, a vital annual fixture in the diaries of ministers and their civilian and military chiefs of staff.
Launched in 2002, the dialogue then has built confidence and fostered security ties by facilitating easy communication among the region’s most important defence and security policymakers.
This year, the dialogue covered five main sessions with the speech of US Defense Secretary James Mattis. US leadership and the challenges of Indo-Pacific security and the North Korea issue were among key highlights.