August 18, 2021

Vietnam’s Prime Minister is an essential and trustworthy partner for the Philippines

Late Monday, Vietnamese Prime Minister Phm Minh Chinh talked over the phone with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, stressing that the archipelago country is always an essential and trustworthy partner with whom Vietnam shares many issues and strategic interests.

Since diplomatic relations were established on July 12, 1976, according to Chnh, relations between Vietnam and the Philippines have been steadily improving.

Duterte said that the Philippine government and people have always valued and strived to strengthen the two countries’ strategic relationship and that they appreciate Vietnam’s recent significant support, which included medical supplies for the battle against the coronavirus illness (Covid-19).

The two leaders agreed to collaborate closely to advance relations in all areas, with a focus on implementing the plan of action for 2019-2024, commemorating the diplomatic relationship’s 45th anniversary, enhancing security and defense cooperation, trade and investment cooperation and creating favorable conditions for and encouraging businesses to invest and do business in the region.

Chnh emphasized Vietnam’s willingness to continue providing a steady and long-term rice supply for the Philippines, requesting that the Philippines expand its market for Vietnamese food and agricultural goods.

In the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the leaders also agreed to explore extending collaboration to other sectors such as digital transformation, digital economy, e-commerce, and green economy.

They also agreed that vaccines are an essential approach for combating the epidemic and achieving long-term socio-economic recovery.

The Vietnamese prime minister suggested that the two countries work together more aggressively to provide equitable access to vaccine supplies, a concept that Duterte supports.

In terms of regional and international problems, both nations pledged to deepen their relations and assist one another via multilateral institutions like the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

They also committed to collaborating closely on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement implementation.

The leaders agreed that it is critical to preserve ASEAN unity and values in relation to the East Sea problem.

They reaffirmed their close coordination of positions and viewpoints to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and to expedite the negotiation of a Code of Conduct (COC) on Asean-China waters to achieve an effective and substantive COC that complies with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Duterte extended an invitation to Chinh to visit the Philippines on this occasion. The offer was gladly accepted by the Vietnamese leader.

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