Hanoi, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) The Vietnamese government on Sunday highlighted the growing role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in regional stabilization through dialogue.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung saluted the 44th anniversary of ASEAN, which aspires to become a socially and economically interconnected community by 2015.
Tan Dung was led ASEAN last year when Vietnam held its rotating presidency, and when the bloc consolidated its ties with world powers.
Founded on August 8, 1967, ASEAN represents 600 million people, and is made up of Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam and Indonesia, the current president.
The Western world and major Asian powers are looking with greater emphasis and interest at this market, which endured the crisis of 2009 despite recent differences.
“The international role and position of the region grew thanks to the implementation of the ASEAN Charter and its roadmap for building a community,” Tan Dung said.
For the Vietnamese, at least, it became clear last year that ASEAN would build this community on three pillars: politics and security, economy and culture and society, Tan Dung said.
Tan Dung said immediate challenges include the creation and implementation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (also known as the South China Sea), the subject of recent disputes with Vietnam’s main trading partner, China.
He reaffirmed the support of the Communist Party and state of Vietnam to cooperation with ASEAN, diversified relations, multilateralism and global integration.