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Vietnamese defense minister meets Cambodian, Chinese counterparts in Cambodia

Vietnamese defense minister meets Cambodian, Chinese counterparts in Cambodia

Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 21:05 GMT+7
Vietnamese defense minister meets Cambodian, Chinese counterparts in Cambodia
Vietnamese Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Giang (L) shakes hands with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe in Cambodia, November 21, 2022. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Giang met Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of ASEAN meetings in Cambodia on Monday.

Minister Giang is in Cambodia from Monday to Wednesday for the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) Retreat, the ninth ADMM Plus, and the ASEAN-U.S. and ASEAN-India defense ministers’ informal meetings, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

During their conversation, Minister Giang and Minister Tea Banh discussed a number of regional and global issues, and sought ways to further promote their countries' partnership in the future.

They agreed to foster the cooperation between the two defense ministries, thus making contributions to the success of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year in 2022.

Giang congratulated the Ministry of National Defense of Cambodia for successfully hosting the ASEAN military-defense meetings for 2022, and expressed his belief that the ADMM Retreat and the ninth ADMM Plus will also be a success, making important contributions to maintaining the central role of the ASEAN.

He also invited Minister Tea Banh to visit Vietnam for the International Defense Expo that Vietnam will host for the first time in December.

Vietnamese Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Giang (L) met Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh in Cambodia, November 21, 2022. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Giang (L) met Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh in Cambodia, November 21, 2022. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

During his meeting with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on the same day, Minister Giang congratulated China on the success of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

Wei affirmed that the defense partnership is one of the important factors in the friendship and cooperation between the two Parties and states, ensuring benefits for the two peoples as well as peace, stability, cooperation, and development in each country, the region, and the world.

The two ministers agreed that defense cooperation between the two countries has been maintained with flexible and effective forms despite COVID-19 impacts.

They underlined the need to increase the exchange of delegations at all levels, effectively implement existing cooperation mechanisms, boost collaboration in political affairs, and enhance cooperation between the armed forces, academies, and schools.

The two ministers also agreed to deal with international issues related to the two countries with a strategic view to common interests and through peaceful measures in line with international law.

Giang affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of settling sea-related issues through peaceful measures in conformity with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982.

He also stressed the significance of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (DOC) and the building of a substantive and effective Code of Conduct in the maritime area.

The two ministers also concurred on fostering defense cooperation to realize collaboration contents reached by high-ranking leaders of the two sides during Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit, thus boosting the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in a healthy and stable manner.

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