Vietnam affirms stature in ASEAN

The chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2020 that Vietnam officially assumed on November 4 will be a chance for the country to affirm its role and stature while further showing itself as an active member of the ASEAN Community.
This is not the first time Vietnam has served in this post. In 2010, when it held the role for the first time, the country made an impression with many practical activities and programs that considerably contributed to ASEAN’s development, as well as regional peace, stability and prosperity. This will be a solid foundation for Vietnam to act as the ASEAN Chair in 2020.
The 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits were attended by leaders of 10 ASEAN member countries, representatives of ASEAN partners (China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Russia) and UN General Secretary.

Vietnam has chosen “Cohesive and Responsive” as the theme for the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020, which will focus on bringing into play the bloc’s internal strengths through solidarity and connectivity, which include its cohesiveness in terms of economy and community building, along with each country’s people-centered development.

Through its ASEAN chairmanship, Vietnam is set to demonstrate its leadership and coordination capability to help member countries grasp opportunities, overcome challenges, and build a sustainable community.

With that goal, Vietnam has put forth five priorities for the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020. They include enhancing the bloc’s performance of its role and contribution to the maintenance of regional peace, security and stability; boosting regional connectivity, improving the capacity of adapting to and capitalizing on the Fourth Industrial Revolution; promoting the awareness of the ASEAN Community and its identities to create common values for the group; reinforcing partnerships for peace and sustainable development with countries around the world; and improving ASEAN’s adaptability and efficiency by reforming institutions and bettering the operations of the association’s apparatus.

At the banquet  to welcome the 35th ASEAN Summit and related summits. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 A video about Vietnam is shown at the ASEAN Chairmanship hand-over ceremony. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

PM Phuc receives the chairmanship hammer from his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

He attends the 7th ASEAN – US Summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 PM Phuc attends the 22nd ASEAN Plus Three Summit (China, Japan and South Korea). Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA 

 He also attends the 11th Mekong - Japan Summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

PM Phuc attends the 16th ASEAN - India Summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 PM Phuc attends the 3rd RCEP Summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 PM Phuc attends the 22nd ASEAN - Japan Summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

. He also attends the 14th East Asia Summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

The ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020 is considered the biggest multilateral event Vietnam will host next year, when the group will be half-way towards its plans to realize the ASEAN Vision 2025. It will also be an important year as the progress and achievements made will be evaluated in order to decide on the next steps to successfully achieve the targets of the ASEAN Community in 2025.

Also in 2020, Vietnam will act as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

Both positions are important diplomatic roles that will enable the country to illustrate its standing, prestige, as well as capacity in the international arena. It will also represent the whole ASEAN Community at the UN. Many countries have expressed their belief that Vietnam will bring into play its capacity and show its sense of responsibility in these two positions.

 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has a meeting with UN General Secretary António Guterres. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 The Vietnamese PM has a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

He meets with Japanses PM Shinzo Abe. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has a meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

The Vietnamese PM also meets with Robert Charles O'Brien, United States National Security Advisor
and the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs.  Photo: VNA

He has a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

He has a reception for Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA 

PM Phuc receives Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 He has a meeting with his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 PM Phuc attends the signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding between ASEAN and FIFA
on FIFA’s support for football development in the region. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 He witnesses the exchange of a cooperation agreement for the development
of an integrated LNG-to-Power project in Ca Na, Ninh Thuan between Ninh Thuan province
and Gulf Energy Development Public Company Limited. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Ten years since its first ASEAN chairmanship, Vietnam is ready to continue its role and sense of responsibility in the ASEAN Community, and help maintain the bloc’s development to meet member countries and partners’ aspirations and bring practical benefits to more than 630 million people in the region./
Story: VNP - Photos: VNA

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