East Sea international conference discusses cooperation for regional security

Scholars, researchers, and legal experts from Vietnam and abroad gathered at the 11th East Sea International Conference themed Cooperation for regional security and development, which concluded in Hanoi on Thursday.

Dr. Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Program, the UK, hailed Vietnam's annual hosting of the event, which he said has contributed significantly to regional peace and stability. Mr. Hayton said that the subjects of the discussions have become more sophisticated and practical. The event evaluates the latest developments and seeks measures to resolve conflicts and strengthen cooperation in the East Sea and other areas.

Dr. Hoang Ngoc Giao, Director of the Institute for Policy, Law and Development Studies, said Vietnam and other ASEAN countries need to reach a consensus on completing a Code of Conduct in the East Sea with China. Mr. Giao said: "We all know that a Declaration on the Code of Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the East Sea has been signed for years but it remains a Declaration with a symbolic meaning but no obligations. The DOC principles and Code of Conduct will be abided by only if all parties are willing to do so. It's a pity that China has carried out unilateral actions that violate DOC principles. China has obviously tarnished its image by not honoring its own commitments, and those actions by China must be publicized."

Source: VOV5