At the meeting, the two sides emphasized the fruitful developments in the two countries’ relations and the important role of the two Foreign Ministries in their bilateral ties.

Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung at the online event

They exchanged practical measures to promote the bilateral relationship. They agreed to devise and sign an action plan on implementing the strategic partnership between the two countries this year, boost political and diplomatic ties by increasing visits and exchanges at all levels via all channels, and regularly maintain existing bilateral cooperation mechanisms.

The two sides committed to continue coordinating closely and supporting each other at regional and global forums, such as the UN, ASEAN and APEC. They will realize commitments in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), boost the ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, and integrate the Greater Mekong Sub-region development with the building of the ASEAN Community.

At the event, the two sides exchanged regional and global issues of common concern as well as complicated developments in the East Sea [South China Sea]. They emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea and resolving disputes by peaceful means in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982).

They also voiced their support for the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea or South China Sea (DOC) and the negotiations between ASEAN and China to reach a practical, effective and efficient Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in line with international law.

Translated by Chung Anh