Asean defence ministers vow to strengthen bloc's centrality, unity

22/6/2022 4:25:00 PM

The ministers also pledged to uphold the principles of Asean centrality and respect for the Asean principles.

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The ministers also pledged to uphold the principles of Asean centrality and respect for the Asean principles.

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua): The defence ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( Asean ) vowed on Wednesday (June 22) to strengthen the bloc's centrality, unity and rules-based order for the benefit of the people in the region, said a joint declaration.

"We reaffirm our adherence to the fundamental principles and purposes enshrined in the Asean Charter and Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in South-East Asia (TAC) in strengthening Asean centrality and unity and upholding a rules-based regional order anchored in international law for the benefit of the people," the declaration said.

The ministers also reaffirmed the central role of Asean as the primary driving force in enhancing defence and security cooperation and confidence building measures with its external partners with the common objective to maintain peace, security and prosperity in an open, transparent and inclusive regional architecture.

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Established in 1967, Asean groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. According to the declaration, the 17th ADMM will be held in Indonesia next year. Themed “Forward as One — Building A Resilient and Sustainable Electronics Supply Chain in Southeast Asia", the event commemorates Malaysia’s 50th year of manufacturing excellence and celebrates Penang’s reputation as the Silicon Valley of the East, built on decades of manufacturing excellence and industrial experience. Semicon South-east Asia 2022, the region’s premier gathering of the semiconductor and micro-electronics industry from June 21 to 23 is held at the Setia Spice Convention Centre, Penang. Article type: free .