Vietnam, Japan hold second defence policy dialogue

Saturday, 2013-08-10 18:13:00
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Deputy Defence Minister Vinh meeting with Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera
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Vietnam and Japan have emphasised the need to solve disputes and differences on sea and island sovereignty issues by peaceful means to avoid armed conflicts.

Both have underscored the importance of compliance to international law, notably the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in doing so.

The remarks came at the second Vietnam-Japan Defence Policy Dialogue in Tokyo on August 9.

Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh led a Vietnamese delegation to the event, which was part of activities to mark the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

At the dialogue, an agreement was reached for mutual support on research capacity building and management for sea areas, and active participation in international forums to build rules and a code of conduct applied at sea in compliance with international law.

The two sides reviewed their defence cooperation since the signing of a memorandum of understanding on defence cooperation and exchange, detailing the exchange of delegations, personnel training, defence industry, experience sharing in humanitarian aids, search and rescue activities and maritime security.

They discussed cooperation at multilateral forums, including the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) to ensure a peaceful, stable region.

Regarding the sharing of experience from peacekeeping missions, Vietnam informed the host of its move to join the UN Peace-keeping force, which was lauded by the Japanese side, which pledged first-phase technical and management assistance.

Turning to the defence industry, the two sides agreed to study, develop and apply science and technology in this field.

Humanitarian issues and recovering in the aftermath of war were also raised during the dialogue.

The Japanese side voiced support for Vietnam’s “humanitarian mine action” initiative, which will be tabled at the upcoming ADMM+ in Brunei, while the Vietnamese side announced that it is studying the application of Japanese technologies in dealing with consequences of Agent Orange/dioxin.

The dialogue also touched upon such issues as non-traditional security, nuclear armaments, nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, marine security and anti-piracy.

Talking to the Tokyo-based Vietnam News Agency correspondent, Deputy Minister Vinh said that Vietnamese and Japanese defence representatives agreed that the Asia-Pacific region would have opportunities for further development in the future.

 “It can only grow when it is peaceful and stable,” he added.

Both sides also pointed out that the efforts of each nation, as well as multilateral cooperation are essential to the region’s development potential.

Earlier on August 8, Deputy Defence Minister Vinh paid a cordial visit to Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera, during which he expressed Vietnam’s wish to intensify the comprehensive, trusting, effective and mutually beneficial defence cooperation with Japan for peace, stability and development in the region.

He visited some units of the Japan defence force and Sojizt group, which has developed a technology to treat Agent Orange/dioxin.

VNA