The defense policy dialogue is an annual cooperation mechanism between the Vietnamese and Japanese defense ministries.

At the event, both sides exchanged views on the global and regional situation of mutual concern, highly appreciated the outcomes of bilateral defense ties over the past time, and discussed orientation for the development of the bilateral cooperation in the coming time. 

Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien (first from right) at the dialogue

Regarding international and regional situation, the two sides exchanged views on traditional security issues and emerging non-traditional challenges. They emphasized the importance of maintaining an environment of peace, stability, security and safety of navigation and overflight in the East Sea (internationally South China Sea) for all countries in the world.

The two sides highlighted the need of settling differences and disputes by peaceful means on the basis of respect for law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and speeding up negotiation and early formulation of a substantive and effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in accordance with international laws.

An overview of the dialogue

Talking about bilateral defense cooperation, the two defense leaders evaluated that on the basis of the extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia, the bilateral defense cooperation has firmly developed.

On the basis of the Joint Vision Statement on Defense Cooperation towards the next decade signed in April 2018 and the results of the eighth Defense Policy Dialogue in November 2021, cooperation fields have been expanded and developed in an intensive and substantive manner.

They agreed to further promote exchange of delegations, especially high level ones on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam - Japan diplomatic relations; and expand cooperation in defense industry, cybersecurity, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, U.N. peacekeeping, training, and military medicine.

Translated by Tran Hoai