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Vietnam to show principles of peaceful conduct at Shangri-La: official

Vietnam will share its principles of peaceful conduct in international relations with other countries at the 14th Shangri-La Dialogue, a high-ranking official who led the Vietnamese delegation at the event has said.

Vietnam will share its principles of peaceful conduct in international relations with other countries at the 14th Shangri-La Dialogue, a high-ranking official who led the Vietnamese delegation at the event has said.
Vietnam will share its principles of peaceful conduct in international relations with other countries at the 14th Shangri-La Dialogue, a high-ranking official who led the Vietnamese delegation at the event has said.

Discussions on the ongoing tensions in the East Vietnam Sea are included in the event’s agenda, Deputy Minister of Defense Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh told VnExpress  newspaper on Friday.

Vinh is leading the Vietnamese delegation at the 2015 Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, which kicked off in Singapore the same day.

“This security summit is not a place where concrete security issues will be resolved, but it serves as a forum for many countries to present their points of view related to the peace, security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” Senior Lieutenant General Vinh said.

Vietnam thus expects to listen to opinions from other countries about the regional and world trends regarding emerging security issues, he added.

“At bilateral meeting with other countries, we will share Vietnam’s principles of peaceful conducts in handling international relations,” the official said.

The principles include respecting for international law, not using or threatening to use force, and not taking actions that can cause conflicts, he elaborated.

It is certain that most of the voices raised at the event will reflect a common aspiration for maintaining peace, stability and development, he added.

As a routine for every Shangri-La Dialogue, the event’s organizing board will invite every minister of defense of attending countries to deliver their speeches, Senior Lieutenant General Vinh said.

Vietnam, however, would not have its opinion delivered as the country’s minister of defense could not take part in the 14th Shangri-La Dialogue as he was busy, Vinh said.

On the same day, Lieutenant General Vinh had bilateral meetings with delegations from the defense ministries of China, Israel, the Philippines, and Singapore.

The Shangri-la dialogue is annually organized by the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

This year’s event brings together defense chiefs from 26 Asia-Pacific nations, who are scheduled to discuss solutions to resolve differences in order to contribute to ensuring security and stability in the region.