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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits
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ASEAN leaders pose for photos. Photo: VNA

The 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits are the most important event of the year in ASEAN with the participation of leaders of 10 ASEAN countries and heads of state and leaders of China, Japan, Korea, USA, Russia, India, Australia and Canada (the incumbent G7 Chairman), Chile (the incumbent G20 President) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The Prime Minister had an intensive working program with a variety of activities, both bilateral and multilateral. He attended, and had speeches at 18 sessions, meetings; received and worked with Vice President of the United States, Presidents of Chile, and South Korea, Prime Ministers of Australian and Malaysia, the Sultan of Brunei, had important exchanges on the sidelines of the Summit with President of Russia, Prime Ministers of Japan, Canada, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia on measures to promote bilateral relations. He also received executives of Sembcorp Industries - one of the leading foreign investors in Vietnam with nine Vietnam-Singapore industrial parks (VSIPs).

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made important speeches with many suggestions, measures, and contributions to many documents and agreements which were passed at the Summit, reflecting cooperation contents in many fields, especially those directly relate to the interests of the people of ASEAN. Specifically, the Prime Minister and the leaders approved 20 major documents and 30 thematic documents in various fields, including the Joint Leaders' Statement on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Negotiations; the Joint Statement to Commemorate the 45th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation; the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership Vision 2030; the ASEAN-China Joint Statement on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation; the ASEAN-Russia Joint Statement on Strategic Partnerships, the ASEAN-Russia Statement on Cooperation in the Field of Security in and the Use of Information and Communication Technologies; the ASEAN Plus Three Leaders' Statement on Cooperation Against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) to bring tangible improvements to our peoples’ lives; a statement on Marine Plastic Waste Fight and witnessed the signing of an Memorandum of Understanding between ASEAN and the Economic Commission Asia-Europe (EEC).

Speaking at the summits, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed ASEAN’s unity must remain the key factor in both thought and actions for the sake of a steady, resilient and strongly cohesive ASEAN Community amid the changing global and regional situation.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged ASEAN members to step up cooperation and trust-building dialogue, uphold international law, support a rule-based multilateral international system, and enhance cooperation in innovation areas to optimize opportunities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. On this occasion, the Prime Minister reiterated Vietnam's initiatives on a regional digital platform, a shared mobile network with the same prices, establishing the ASEAN Technology University and a regional disaster early warning system.

Voicing concern about current challenges to international economic development, the Prime Minister said sectional interests, the root of protectionism, along with trade conflicts, are posing major challenges. He called for the continuation of measures to facilitate trade and investment while minimizing risks from trade protectionism and egoistic thinking on trade.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also said that it’s now the time to make efforts to finalize the RCEP negotiations. Vietnam is willing to join other countries in seeking creative and flexible solutions to achieve the common goals, and building the RCEP into a comprehensive, high-quality and interest-balanced free trade agreement that takes into account the development gap among its members. ASEAN must take the lead in supporting free trade and regional connectivity.

During discussions, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc Phuc reiterated Vietnam’s viewpoint and stance on regional and international issues of shared concern, stressing that a sustainably stable and peaceful environment is the prerequisite for development cooperation. In terms of the East Sea issue, he and many countries shared the view that complex developments in the waters have worried all relevant sides and could adversely affect regional stability, underlining ASEAN’s agreed principles, including respect for international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in peacefully resolving disputes, self-restraint, no use or threats to use force, no militarization or other acts that can complicate the situation, trust enhancement, active building of an effective and substantive code of conduct (COC) in the East Sea, and serious and full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

At the Summit, ASEAN’s leaders reconfirmed the prerequisite to maintain ASEAN unity and centrality, and strengthen an open, transparent, rule-based cooperation structure. They also reiterated efforts to conclude RCEF negotiations to reach a modern, free, comprehensive, high quality, beneficial agreement for all parties in 2019.

With his participation in the 33rd ASEAN Summits and Related Summits, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc continued to deliver a message of a peaceful, stable, resilient and innovative ASEAN that wants to foster comprehensive, substantive and effective cooperation with partners.

Nguyen Duc