Vietnam, Australia hold third defence policy dialogue Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh at the event The third Vietnam – Australia defence policy dialogue was held in Canberra, the capital city of Australia, on October 29. The event was co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh and Australian Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy and Intelligence Peter Tesch. The two sides discussed regional and global issues of mutual concern, including issues regarding the ASEAN Year 2020 when Vietnam assumes the role of ASEAN Chair. Agreeing with Vietnam’s stance on the settlement of the East Sea issue, the Australian side affirmed the importance of freedom of navigation and aviation and stressed that disputes need to be settled through peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). On bilateral defence ties, the two sides spoke highly of achievements over the past years within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral defence cooperation signed in 2010 and the Declaration on Joint Vision for Enhancing Defence Cooperation inked in 2018, thus making active contributions to the Vietnam – Australia… Read full this story
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