Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh speaks at the virtual 13th ASEM Summit on November 26. (Photo: VNA)
– Vietnamese Prime Minister
Pham Minh Chinh put forward four proposals to enhance cooperation among Asian
and European countries while addressing the 13th Asia - Europe Meeting
(ASEM) Summit via videoconference on November 26.
Themed “Strengthening Multilateralism
for Shared Growth”, the summit took place under the chair of Cambodia.
Noting the proposals to strengthen Asia - Europe ties, the PM said the countries should stay united and join hands to boost global
cooperation since no country can single-handed deal with global issues. They
should cooperate to share and ensure equal access to COVID-19 vaccines and
treatment drugs and developed nations should assist developing countries to improve the capacity
of coping with global issues, he said.
Besides, it is
necessary to step up digital transformation and human resource training for
developing and poor countries, while enhancing public-private partnership to mobilise
resources for development, PM Chinh said.
To contribute to this process, Vietnam will organise
an ASEM roundtable meeting on the digital economy in 2022, the PM added.
He also talked about Vietnam’s
efforts and priorities in COVID-19 response and socio-economic recovery and
development, affirming that the country has been making responsible contributions
to the settlement of non-traditional security challenges.
Non-traditional challenges have been increasing in terms of both extent and intensity, setting an urgent requirement
for enhancing multilateral cooperation on the basis of international law,
cooperative spirit, responsibility sharing, and contribution for common
interest. The key factor is dialogue, respect, sincerity, practicalness,
effectiveness, and reinforcement of trust among countries, according to the Government
PM Chinh highlighted efforts by
Vietnam and other ASEAN countries to maintain peace, stability, security,
safety, and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, stressing that
each country needs to uphold their sense of responsibility and avoid taking
unilateral actions that may complicate the situation or run counter to
He also took this occasion to ask
Asian and European countries to further open their export - import markets and
At the summit, PM Chinh’s practical assessments
and proposals were highly valued by other ASEM leaders and reflected in the
The leaders shared the common
perception on the need to boost cooperation to ensure a peaceful and stable
environment for development. They reiterated the commitment to sustaining
peace, stability, security, safety, and freedom of navigation and overflight,
and not impeding economic activities that are in line with international law,
especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The 14th ASEM Summit is
scheduled to take place in Europe in 2023./.