Defence Minister General Tea Banh will lead a high-powered delegation today to attend the Asean Defence Ministers Meeting in Hanoi.
A Defence Ministry statement yesterday said Gen Banh will be in Vietnam for the three-day meeting which ends on Thursday and will join fellow ministers at the ADMM Retreat.
“During the ADMM Retreat, Gen Banh will speak on shared concerns about regional and global security and future cooperation within ADMM and ADMM-Plus countries,” it said.
The statement added that Gen Banh will participate in a sideline meeting between the Australian and Asean defence ministers.
“The meeting is to exchange views on regional security and to boost the relationship between Asean and Australia,” it added.
According to the Asean website, the ADMM will discuss plans for 2020-2022 to boost collaboration while promoting peace and stability in the region via dialogues within Asean members and its partners. Vietnam Minister of Defence General Ngo Xuan Lich told the media in Hanoi yesterday that this year’s ADDM is themed ASEAN Year 2020 ‘Cohesive and Responsive’.
ADMM and ADMM-Plus were created in Hanoi in October 2010. The Defence Ministers then agreed on five areas of practical cooperation to pursue, namely maritime security, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping operations and military medicine. To facilitate cooperation on these areas, Experts’ Working Groups are established, the Asean official website said.
It added that in 2013, a new priority area of humanitarian mine action was agreed upon and the EWGs on Humanitarian Mine Action was established following the endorsement of the 7th ADMM in Brunei Darussalam on May 7, 2013. Practical cooperation has been moving apace on the six priority areas.
Since 2016, the priority area has been expanded to include cyber security and the EWG on Cyber Security has been established following the endorsement of the 10th ADMM in Vientiane, Laos on May 25, 2016.
Kin Phea, director of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, yesterday said that the ADMM is vital, given the tensions emerging regionally and globally, especially the South China issue which is a sensitive topic for the region.
“They will discuss the South China issue to find a better way to avoid conflict,” he said. “The tension in the region is so volatile that all parties must pay attention to issues.”
Mr Phea added that the COVID-19 outbreak and anti-terrorism will also be priority issues for the ministers to discuss.