Speaking at the 24th Asean+3 Summit, held virtually, the head of government called for concentrated efforts to jointly control the Covid-19 pandemic and, at the same time, make progress in the economic and social recovery of the region.
He noted that in the midst of such a complex situation, it would be advisable to move towards autonomy in vaccines and medicines against the disease and create a regional social welfare network for the benefit of Asean+3 citizens.
Minh Chinh also advocated that the grouping should continue to contribute to creating an environment of peace, security and stability in the area, particularly through dialogue and respect for international laws in addressing disputes in the East or South China Sea.
He reiterated Asean’s readiness to boost regional cooperation and collaborate in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and resolving humanitarian issues in the region.
The Asean+3 leaders highlighted the progress of the collectivity’s collaborative mechanisms in various areas and agreed to efficiently implement its Work Plan for the 2018-2022 period.
With the aim of reviving the partners’ economies, they considered lifting travel restrictions among the partners as soon as the epidemiological situation allows. They also approved a declaration on cooperation for mental health of teenagers and children.