The US announced many cooperation initiatives with ASEAN worth hundreds of millions of dollars
On the afternoon of May 13 (local time), in Washington DC, USA, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh with ASEAN Leaders to attend the ASEAN-US Special Summit.
These working sessions included a meeting between the ASEAN Leaders and US President Joe Biden; discussion session between ASEAN Leaders with Vice President Kamala Harris on maritime security and Covid-19 prevention; and a session with Cabinet Ministers on climate change response, clean energy transition and sustainable infrastructure.
The US announced many cooperation initiatives with ASEAN
Indonesian President Widodo co-chaired these activities with President Biden and Vice President Harris. Leaders of the countries discussed maritime security, disease control and economic recovery, response to climate change and regional and global issues.
US leaders have announced many proposals and initiatives for cooperation with ASEAN. The US will invest 40 million USD to finance the development of clean energy infrastructure, spend 60 million USD to strengthen maritime cooperation, 150 million USD to implement the ASEAN-US Health Future initiative, and assist ASEAN to improve the quality of life. capacity to respond to climate change, infrastructure development and 70 million USD for educational programs, people-to-people exchanges…
ASEAN leaders thanked the United States for its proactive support in responding to Covid-19, helping to improve disease response capacity, providing vaccines, and recently establishing the Southeast Asia Regional Office for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Disease Control (CDC) USA in Hanoi. ASEAN countries expect the US to continue supporting ASEAN’s pandemic prevention initiatives
Recognizing that the situation in the world and the region continues to evolve complicatedly with many new challenges arising, ASEAN and the United States affirmed to work closely together to contribute to maintaining peace, security and stability in the region, including: have security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea. The United States affirmed its support for ASEAN’s position on the East Sea, welcomed ASEAN to promote cooperation, dialogue and confidence-building in the region, and made efforts to build an effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). effective, in accordance with international law, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982.
The ASEAN-US Special Summit – Photo: VGP
Regarding the situation in Myanmar, the countries called for restraint, reducing tensions and violence, ensuring people’s safety, promoting a sense of responsibility, fully implementing ASEAN’s 5-point consensus, and at the same time applauding efforts to ensure the safety of the people. The ASEAN Chairman’s efforts to support Myanmar in stabilizing the situation soon and finding sustainable solutions to current problems.
Discussing the situation in Ukraine, the parties called for restraint, maintaining dialogue efforts to find a long-term solution on the basis of conformity with international law and taking into account the legitimate interests of the parties. ensure the safety of civilians. The countries emphasized the observance of the basic principles of the United Nations Charter and international law, the peaceful settlement of disagreements and disputes.
Welcoming the US initiative on enhancing maritime cooperation
At a meeting with President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh thanked the US for the warm and respectful welcome. Looking back over the past 45 years, ASEAN-US cooperation has made great strides, making important contributions to promoting dialogue, building trust, and maintaining peace, security, stability and development in the region. area.
Facing the current complicated and unpredictable fluctuations of the international and regional situation, the Prime Minister emphasized the need to continue promoting sincere dialogue on the basis of trust and responsibility, solidarity and cooperation. , control disagreements, uphold the law, contribute to the realization of a world of peace, stability, cooperation and prosperous development.
The Prime Minister expressed his hope that major countries, ASEAN’s partners, can stabilize their relations, compete in a healthy and responsible manner, and at the same time contribute to the region in the spirit of transparency. building, respecting ASEAN’s central role, fully consulting with ASEAN, respecting international law, contributing to peace, security and stability in the region and the world.
Vietnam reaffirmed ASEAN’s principled stance on the East Sea, emphasizing the peaceful settlement of all disputes and differences on the basis of international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS. The Prime Minister welcomed partners to support The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has fully and effectively implemented the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and developed an effective and efficient Code of Conduct in accordance with international law and UNCLOS 1982.
At the discussion session on maritime security and Covid-19 prevention, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh welcomed the US initiatives to strengthen maritime cooperation with the region. The Prime Minister also emphasized that all countries, including ASEAN countries and the US, share the importance and interests in ensuring peace, stability, security, safety, freedom of navigation and overflight in Vietnam. The East Sea, the world’s lifeline of maritime trade.
The Prime Minister thanked the US for supporting Vietnam to effectively respond to the pandemic, including providing vaccines for Vietnam. Introducing Vietnam’s achievements in epidemic control and economic recovery, the Prime Minister emphasized building a global approach in solving global problems. The Prime Minister also emphasized that the pandemic has affected the entire people, so it is necessary to have a people-wide approach, consider the health and lives of the people as the top priority and put the people as the center and subject in the response to the pandemic. translate and promote recovery.
The Prime Minister proposed the US continue to help ASEAN countries in disease prevention, especially technology transfer in the production of vaccines and therapeutic drugs, improving medical capacity and quality of medical human resources; at the same time, support ASEAN countries and Vietnam to pay attention to, care for and assist disadvantaged groups affected by Covid-19.
The Prime Minister also hoped that the US would more effectively implement cooperation within the framework of the Mekong-US Partnership, contributing to ensuring development quality and supporting equitable and sustainable development in the region. The Prime Minister also praised the efforts of countries to cooperate in responding to climate change, through economic structural transformation, application of scientific and technical advances, development of renewable energy, and promotion of transformation. clean energy, building high-quality infrastructure, towards green and sustainable development.
Addressing a meeting on climate change response, clean energy transition and sustainable infrastructure between ASEAN Leaders and Cabinet Ministers chaired by Vice President Kamala Harris, the Prime Minister hoped that the US would develop effectively deploying cooperation within the framework of the Mekong-US Partnership, contributing to ensuring development quality and supporting equitable and sustainable development. The Prime Minister also praised the efforts of countries to cooperate in responding to climate change, through economic structural transformation, application of scientific and technical advances, development of renewable energy, and promotion of transformation. clean energy, building high-quality infrastructure, towards green and sustainable development.
Committed to Establishing the ASEAN-US Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
At the end of the Conference, the leaders of the countries adopted a Joint Vision Statement reflecting the results achieved in the past 45 years and setting future directions. In which, the countries committed to establish the ASEAN-US Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with substantive, effective and mutually beneficial meaning at the 10th ASEAN-US Summit in November 2022, looking waiting for the completion of necessary procedures soon.
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