The Vietnamese delegation was led by Director of the Institute for Defence Strategy Nguyen Duc Hai.
Opening the event, Defence Minister the Republic of Korea (RoK) Song Young-moo said 90% of global trade is conducted using shipping routes, which shows that all countries around the world are closely connected via oceans. About 40% of the global population lives in Asia-Pacific, which makes up 52% and 47% of the world’s GDP and trade, respectively. Regional countries need to be responsible for ensuring navigation freedom in the region – the main centre of the global economy.
At the forum, the Vietnamese officer highly valued the RoK’s initiative and shared the view that cooperation mechanisms like the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting and ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus are critical to addressing security challenges in the region, especially non-traditional security issues.
Countries need to ensure safety, security, and freedom of navigation and aviation on the basis on international law, ensure international order with respect for law, not use or threaten to use force in solving international affairs.
Lt Gen. Nguyen Duc Hai stressed that growing non-traditional challenges like cyber attacks have affected not only economy but also all fields, particularly security-defence. Therefore, countries should seek cooperation solutions as those challenges cannot be solved by a single nation.
Issues under discussion at the Fullerton Forum include protection of interests and prevention of conflicts, terrorism and counter-terrorism, management of marine security, and solutions for security cooperation.