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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the 31st ASEAN Summit and Relevant Summits
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the Summit. Photo: VNA

The 31st ASEAN Summit and Relevant Summits, the most important event of the year of ASEAN with the participation of leaders from 10 ASEAN countries and their counterparts, major countries and regional organizations, including China, Japan, Republic of Korea, the United States, Russia, India, Australia, New Zealand, the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the European Union, took place on 12-14 November in Manila, Philippines. This was also the only occasion with full participation of ASEAN high-level leaders and their counterparts on the occasion of ASEAN's 50th anniversary.

Beside the Special Gala Celebration on the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the handover of the Chairmanship of ASEAN to Singapore, the event included 10 official sessions: the ASEAN Plus Three Summit, the ASEAN Plus OneSummit with China, Japan, and South Korea; the East Asia Summit (EAS), the ASEAN-US Summit, the ASEAN-India Summit, the ASEAN-UN Summit, the ASEAN-Canada Summit,the ASEAN-EU Summit, Mekong-Japan Summit, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit, a working lunch with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council andASEAN Plus Three (APT) Leaders’ interface with the East Asia Business Council. In the afternoon of 14November 2017, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc joined the ASEAN leaders to sign the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers.

In the framework of the summits, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc discussed, made many proposals, measures, contributed to many approved important documents which elaborate cooperation in many fields, especially those directly relate to the interests of the ASEAN people. The declarations, and documents adopted this time are highly practical and are topics of great concern in recent years, such as peacekeeping, anti-terrorism, ensuring a safe and secure environment for economic cooperation, trade, investment, and social affairs, laborers’ rights and employment opportunities, gender equality and empowerment of women and youth, health issues such as drug resistance, ending malnutrition and health management in disasters, response to climate change and business facilitation within the framework of ASEAN's comprehensive business.

Speaking at Summits, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed the significance of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, stressing that in the present stage, ASEAN should focus on three key priorities. First, ASEAN needs to focus on the interests of its people, strive to renew their identity through the promotion of common issues, especially the common will to build a self-reliant ASEAN and promote common interests of the people in the Community and make efforts to gain ASEAN common achievements. Second, ASEAN should attach higher importance to the building of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the development of business by promoting intra-regional economic and trade linkages, and enhancing mutual support among the economies in the Community. Third, ASEAN should further promote its central role and position in the international arena, maintaining peace, security and prosperity in the region. In that spirit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed the determination and commitment of Vietnam to work together with other member countries to build a strong, self-reliant, people-centered Community.

In discussions, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc shared Viet Nam's views and positions on regional and international issues of common concern. The East Sea issues, and recent developments attracted the attention of many countries and partners in the sessions. The Prime Minister recommended that documents of this Summit should reflect fully principles and positions as expressed in the Joint Communiqué of the AMM 50, including security, safety, freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, settlement of disputes through peaceful means on the basis of international law, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,full respect forthe legal and diplomatic processes, full and strict implementation ofthe Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC). The Prime Minister and leaders applauded ASEAN and China for adopting the COC framework and urged both sides to finalize a substantive and legally binding Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC).

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that Viet Nam always attaches great importance to relations with its partners, highly appreciates commitments to continue supporting ASEAN to build the Community and promote its central role in regional structures. He proposed partners to continue strengthening cooperation with ASEAN, the 6th largest economy which is heading toward the world's 4th place in 2025. He emphasized that Vietnam expects its partners to continue contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability, security, safety, freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea in the spirit of law abidance, and respect for the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister attended the meeting of Prime Ministers of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam; held talks with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, Indian Prime Minister Modi; met with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the President of the European Union. The Prime Minister and the high-ranking delegation of Vietnam paid a visit to the Vietnamese Embassy, met and talked with representatives of the Vietnamese community who are working, studying and living in the Philippines. Many large Vietnamese businesses participated in the activities of the Business Connecting Forum to seekopportunities to expand cooperation.

With nearly 30 bilateral and multilateral activities, the mission of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Relevant Summitsconcluded successfully, continuing to convey a message of a “peaceful, stable and self-reliant ASEAN,"“an area open to the global community. " Bilateral meetings of the Vietnamese delegationcontinued promoting comprehensive, substantive and effective cooperation with key important partners and contributing to enhance the image of a renewed, proactive, active and responsible Viet Nam in the region and the world.

Duc Kha