ASEAN expands cooperation with China and Japan in fighting transnational crime

20:05 02/10/2021

Lieutenant General Luong Tam Quang, Deputy Minister of Public Security (MPS), led a Vietnamese MPS delegation to attend consultation meetings in the framework of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC), namely  the 8th AMMTC Plus China, the 6th AMMTC Plus Japan, and AMMTC Plus 3.

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Deputy Minister Luong Tam Quang and Vietnamese delegation.

* At the AMMTC Plus China Consultation, Deputy Minister Luong Tam Quang emphasized that Vietnam highly appreciates the importance of the ASEAN - China strategic partnership for regional peace, stability and prosperity.

Deputy Minister Luong Tam Quang suggested that China should maintain and promote effective cooperation mechanisms on training and experience sharing in crime control with ASEAN countries while further supporting tools and equipment for ASEAN countries in their fight against transnational crime. China is also expected to provide more vaccines ASEAN countries to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to cooperate with ASEAN members in research, production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

*At the AMMTC + 3 Consultation, Deputy Minister Luong Tam Quang suggested that the two sides should give priority to COVID-19 prevention and control cooperation.

On one hand, the two sides continue to effectively implement the ASEAN + 3 Action Program on prevention and combat of terrorism and transnational crime for the period of 2018 - 2022. On the other hand, law enforcement agencies of regional countries need to establish bilateral and multilateral cooperation mechanisms that will efficiently respond to transnational, organized crime.

* Speaking at the AMMTC Plus Japan Consultation, Deputy Minister Luong Tam Quang stated that, as the coordinator of the ASEAN-Japan dialogue in the 2018-2021 period, Vietnam has proposed various initiatives to expand cooperation between ASEAN and Japan in all fields. In fact, the two sides have achieved encouraging results of security cooperation and cooperation in transnational crime prevention and control.

Vietnam also proposed the two sides to continue implementing the SOMTC - Japan Action Plan on cooperation in the fight against terrorism and transnational crime for the period of 2018 – 2022 while promoting experience sharing, mutual legal assistance and criminal extradition. Additionally, the Vietnamese head delegate suggested they expand cooperation in research, transfer of Covid vaccine production technology and vaccine distribution so as to support ASEAN countries in prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By DT