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PM asks mutual cooperation for security development in ASEAN

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PM asks mutual cooperation for security development in ASEAN

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - Defence Ministers from ASEAN and partner countries have paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha at government house upon their official visit to Thailand for the 6th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and the meeting with partner countries (ADMM Plus).

 

The Prime Minister thanked ASEAN members and partner countries, as well as the ASEAN Secretariat, for their support, which yielded successful outcomes from the 35th ASEAN Summit and related meetings earlier this month.

 

The ASEAN Summit, hosted by Thailand this year with the theme Advancing Partnership for Sustainability, was aimed at promoting partnerships within ASEAN members and with other countries in all respects, making ASEAN a people-centered community in which any development will not leave anyone behind.

 

The Prime Minister said security is an important foundation for economic growth, thus all sides must cooperate to promote security and sustainability. The cooperation will help make the ASEAN Community as a whole more capable in dealing with regional security threats, such as terrorism, international crime, natural disasters, marine environmental issues and cybersecurity.

 

He has asked the Defence Ministers to adopt principles of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) for concrete outcomes, and congratulated ASEAN’s successful drafting of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, based on 3M principles, namely mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual benefit.

 

The Prime Minister praised the roles of ADMM and ADMM-Plus meetings, which helped promote strategic partnership and pushed forward cooperation for regional security. One of the concrete outcomes from the meetings this year is the inclusion of the ASEAN Center of Military Medicine (ACMM) in the ASEAN Charter. With this recognition, the ACMM will play a greater role in supporting disaster response operations in the region, helping raise the operational effectiveness.

 

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Always interesting how the word "freedom" is missing from all his speeches.  It is all about not wanting to rock the boat or trough.   These cozy relationships are worrisome, unless  free submarine rides are offered.  Some disputes are needed and are healthy in shaping great nations.  

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He means let China do whatever they want in the South China Sea and elsewhere in Asia because of is love for successful dictatorships?

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It's funny how ASEAN was created as counterweight to China but now several of their members are practically Chinese vassals

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21 hours ago, webfact said:

The cooperation will help make the ASEAN Community as a whole more capable in dealing with regional security threats, such as terrorism, international crime, natural disasters, marine environmental issues and cybersecurity.

But with regard to security of national access to South China Sea resources, Prayut sides with China's claims over Vietnam's claims by his refusal to criticize China's claims. Even though Thailand itself has no claims.

Furthermore, only Thailand in ASEAN has an insurgency that makes it an "outlier" to international security issues. 

After Prayut's military coup in May 2014 he rushed into a security and trade agreement with China, recently reaffirmed that agreement; such security agreement is not in the interest of some of the other ASEAN members such as Vietnam and Malaysia. 

So in reality Thailand's encouragement of ASEAN cooperation regarding security threats is duplicitous and/or fantasy. 

Edited by Srikcir
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