Vietnamese and Australian officials have reached a consensus that those parties involved in East Vietnam Sea disputes should address them via peaceful means, without any threat or use of force.
The mutual consent was secured during the third deputy ministerial-level foreign affairs and defense strategic dialogue between Vietnam and Australia that took place in Canberra on Thursday, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ho Xuan Son attended the event, together with their Australian counterparts Gillian Bird and Peter Baxter.
The two sides emphasized the importance of the strict implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea.
It is very important to maintain peace and stability in the region, ensure navigation and aviation security and freedom, and comply with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
They also said a Code of Conduct for the East Vietnam Sea should be signed as soon as possible.
Regarding bilateral ties, the hosts and guests agreed to further promote high-level delegation exchanges and give priority to expanding cooperation in politics, economy, security, defense, education, training, science, and technology.
The two sides pledged to step up coordination and dialogue to build trust for peace, stability, and development in the Asia-Pacific region.
They also consented to increase their affiliation to tackle non-traditional security threats such as epidemics, climate change, human trafficking, and cyber attacks.
The Australian officials said they look forward to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s official visit to Australia in early 2015.