AIPA holds bilateral dialogues with observers

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AIPA holds bilateral dialogues with observers

During the second day of the AIPA 31 on September 22, the ASEAN members held bilateral dialogues with observes from China, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Papua New Guinea, Russia and the European Union. The dialogues focused on strengthening cooperation in legislation as well as policies in the fields of economics, investment, culture and society. At the dialogue with China, many AIPA member countries discussed issues of mutual concern such as the nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula, economic and trade cooperation, and investment opportunities. AIPA member nations and China agreed on the need to step up ASEAN-China cooperation although bilateral trade exchange has already exceed US$200 billion a year. Both sides also discussed sensitive issues related to regional security and the East Sea. In an interview granted to our reporter, the Indonesian Parliament’s Speaker Mazuki Ali said he hopes that ASEAN and its dialogue nations will promote cooperation in regional security. Indonesia and ASEAN member nations supported bilateral and multilateral dialogue as this is the best way of resolving regional conflicts, he said. During the dialogue with Australia, the opportunities and challenges in bilateral cooperation were discussed. Australia confirmed its support for Vietnam’s initiative in promoting cooperation between ASEAN parliaments and observers. This lays a foundation for improving relations between the two parliaments, promoting cooperative policies in the interests of all countries. At the dialogue with the European Parliament, both sides agreed that promoting inter-parliamentary cooperation mechanism will offer an opportunity to boost bilateral cooperation in many fields. ASEAN and the EU will give a fresh impetus to development, peace and stability in the region. Robert Coebbies, Vice President of the European Parliament expressed his delight at the discussions between the European Parliament, ASEAN and Myanmar’s National Assembly.

The dialogues focused on strengthening cooperation in legislation as well as policies in the fields of economics, investment, culture and society.

At the dialogue with China, many AIPA member countries discussed issues of mutual concern such as the nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula, economic and trade cooperation, and investment opportunities.

AIPA member nations and China agreed on the need to step up ASEAN-China cooperation although bilateral trade exchange has already exceed US$200 billion a year. Both sides also discussed sensitive issues related to regional security and the East Sea.

In an interview granted to our reporter, the Indonesian Parliament’s Speaker Mazuki Ali said he hopes that ASEAN and its dialogue nations will promote cooperation in regional security. Indonesia and ASEAN member nations supported bilateral and multilateral dialogue as this is the best way of resolving regional conflicts, he said.

During the dialogue with Australia, the opportunities and challenges in bilateral cooperation were discussed. Australia confirmed its support for Vietnam’s initiative in promoting cooperation between ASEAN parliaments and observers. This lays a foundation for improving relations between the two parliaments, promoting cooperative policies in the interests of all countries.

At the dialogue with the European Parliament, both sides agreed that promoting inter-parliamentary cooperation mechanism will offer an opportunity to boost bilateral cooperation in many fields. ASEAN and the EU will give a fresh impetus to development, peace and stability in the region.

Robert Coebbies, Vice President of the European Parliament expressed his delight at the discussions between the European Parliament, ASEAN and Myanmar’s National Assembly. He said that this will promote cooperative opportunities between the two regions. Parliamentary cooperation will be promoted to help create a new legal framework.

During the dialogues, ASEAN parliamentarians and observers agreed that with its central role, ASEAN will be an important link to promote cooperation and ensure stability, peace in the Asia-Pacific region.

Earlier, various committees of AIPA 31 held separate meetings to discuss a wide range of issues.

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