26.06.2020, 23:28

PM Phuc: China, US are ASEAN’s major partners

PM Phuc: China, US are ASEAN’s major partners
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc chairs the press conference, briefing reporters on the major outcomes of the 36th ASEAN summit and answering their questions

Tensions between China and the US will certainly affect the globe, including ASEAN, PM Phuc said while answering reporters’ questions at a press conference on the outcomes of the 36th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi.

However, he said relations between ASEAN and China as well as the US are subject to bilateral and multilateral cooperation frameworks. This is an important foundation for maintaining and strengthening economic cooperation between ASEAN and the two major world powers.

Therefore, the Vietnamese PM stated ASEAN wishes the Asia-Pacific region peace, stability and development.

“We work together to promote mutually beneficial cooperation for regional peace and future development of our partners, including China and the United States,” Phuc said. “COVID-19 control and economic recovery are two important tasks that should be realized in the interest of the international community, as well as of China and the US.”

He noted two-way trade between Vietnam and China is huge, and so is bilateral trade between Vietnam and the US.

“As ASEAN Chair 2020, Vietnam expects China and the United States will overcome disagreement to build trust and promote cooperation for mutual benefit in the region and the globe,” he said.

Answering an AP correspondent’s question on the situation in the East Sea, PM Phuc stressed peace, security and stability in the region in general and in the East Sea in particular are the common interests and aspirations of the community, especially for ASEAN.

Therefore, he said ASEAN has made every effort to achieve the goal, from maintaining dialogue and promoting cooperation to formulating confidence building mechanisms and codes of conduct in the East Sea.

“The summit this time reaffirmed ASEAN’s determination to build the East Sea into a region of cooperation and development for its security and safety, deserving to be an important part of regional exchange,” he told the press briefing.

According to the Vietnamese PM, the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted negotiations of the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) between ASEAN and China. In this context, Vietnam and ASEAN have worked with parties concerned to refrain from actions that can complicate the situation in the East Sea.

“The parties are committed to strictly implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and resuming COC negotiations in accordance with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),” he concluded.