Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh traveled to Singapore, on Friday, to attend an Asian security summit focused on the ongoing tensions in triggered by China’s provocative incursion into Vietnamese waters.
During the three-day Shangri-La Dialogue, Thanh will hold a series of bilateral meetings, including with defense ministers from the UK, New Zealand, the U.S. and France and representatives of global defense company Lockheed Martin, Tuoi Tre (Youth) Newspaper reported.
The Dialogue brings together around 400 defense experts and officials from 27 countries.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will deliver a keynote speech at the Dialogue, will tell the Dialogue that Tokyo and its partner the United States stand ready to jointly bolster security cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported.
He will stop short of singling out China, the paper added, but there will be little doubt about where he thinks the blame lies for the escalating island disputes.
Early this month, China illegally dispatched a giant oil rig, as well as a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft, into Vietnamese waters.
A number of Vietnamese fishing boats have been chased, rammed and damaged by the Chinese vessels. More seriously, Chinese forces have attacked, beaten and threatened the lives of Vietnamese fishermen.
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