Taiwan media reported on November 18 that the tenth China-ASEAN Defense Ministers Informal Meeting was held in Bangkok, Thailand on the morning of the 17th. ASEAN and China s defense ministers have agreed to host another ASEAN-China maritime joint military exercise.
According to a report by Taiwan s Central News Agency on November 17, the defense ministers of the ten ASEAN countries gathered to discuss issues such as regional security, the South China Sea, cyber security, and climate security. The South China Sea has become the focus of the conference. Countries hope to promote the substantive progress of the South China Sea Code of Conduct consultations, and ASEAN and China have agreed to hold a joint maritime military exercise again.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting held from the end of July to early August that China and ASEAN have completed the first round of review of the draft single consultation text of the South China Sea Code of Conduct to streamline and optimize To make the overall structure of the guidelines clearer and more reasonable, a key step towards the goal of completing consultations in three years.
According to reports, during the opening ceremony of the China-ASEAN Defense Ministers Informal Meeting on the 17th, the speeches of several defense ministers focused on the South China Sea issue. Malaysian Defense Minister Mohamed Sabu said that all parties should respect and implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea to ensure regional peace and stability.
Singapore Defense Minister Huang Yonghong said in his speech that if ASEAN countries can formulate a set of guidelines for air military aircraft and maritime interaction, they can avoid accidents at sea or in the air. He also mentioned that ASEAN countries must continue to promote consultations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea Substantial progress.
In addition, Mohamed Saab revealed in an interview before the opening ceremony that the ASEAN and Chinese defense ministers agreed to hold another ASEAN-China maritime joint military exercise in the morning meeting on the 17th, but details of where and how to conduct it have not been discussed yet …
ASEAN and China held a joint maritime military exercise for the first time in October 2018. Then in September this year, ASEAN and the United States also held a joint maritime military exercise for the first time. It is reported that if ASEAN and China conduct another maritime joint military exercise, it will be of great interest.
The 6th ASEAN Defense Ministers Expanded Conference will be held on the 18th. In addition to the defense ministers of the 10 ASEAN countries, Japan, South Korea, China, Russia and the United States will also participate in the defense.
On November 17, State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe attended the China-ASEAN Defense Ministers Informal Meeting in Bangkok. The picture shows the group heads of the participating countries.