ASEAN states focus on maritime co-operation and security

On August 27, representatives of the 10 ASEAN member states attended the opening ceremony of the 5th ASEAN Maritime Forum (AMF-5) in Da Nang, Vietnam. Participating in the forums are representatives from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. As unpredictable challenges and other incidents are happening involving regional seas, the representatives focused their discussions on the maritime co-operation and security. Furthermore, the forum also serves as a platform to deliberately confer the member countries’ responsibility in dealing with natural disasters.

The 3rd Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF-3) also opened in Vietnam with the participation of 8 East Asia Summit (EAS) partners including China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the United States. The AMF-5 and EAMF-3 aim to promote the key role of ASEAN to foster maritime co-operation and security through negotiations and consultations to improve peace, stability, and freedom of navigation in the East Sea in conformity with international law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

​source: http://english.vietnamnet

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