Workshop navigates towards free, open seas of Asia

Wednesday, 2017-09-13 03:45:37
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At the workshop (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/ VNA – “Navigating Towards the Free and Open Seas of Asia: The Role of Maritime Law in Maintaining Good Order at Sea” was the theme of a workshop held in Hanoi, on September 12.

The event was jointly held by the Embassies of the UK and Japan in Vietnam, in conjunction with the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), and brought together experts from the UK, Japan, Singapore, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, India and Indonesia.

The workshop stressed the importance of the rule of law in maintaining peace and security at sea in the region and discussed practical measures to narrow the gaps of awareness between countries in ensuring maritime security and enhancing economic development.

The participants also discussed how ASEAN and its partners could coordinate with each other to maintain order at sea.

In his opening remarks, DAV Director Nguyen Vu Tung said that the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2016 should be considered as the initial step that helps to clarify the regulations stipulated in maritime law and a foundation on which to develop policies regarding disputes in the East Sea.

UK Ambassador to Vietnam Giles Lever highlighted the remarkable developments since the court issued the ruling, stating that the UK understands that the decision is binding and should be respected.

The adoption of the framework of the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) is an important step as it creates conditions for the COC to become a meaningful document that can promote cooperation and peaceful development in the East Sea.

Japanese Ambassador Kunio Umeda said that since the ruling was announced, the international order in Asia-Pacific has not yet been fully implemented.