The Philippines and Vietnam re-inforce their strategic partnership amid the on-going territorial disputes with China.
During the bilateral meeting between President Benigno Aquino III and Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang, the two heads of state witnessed the signing of the agreement that there will be formal talks as they continue to strengthen the two countries relations.
Truong insisted that they should intensify the relationship between the two countries as they push to respect the code of conduct on South China Sea.
Vietnam supports the decision of the Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague, the Netherlands regarding the case filed by the Philippines against China as the latter continues to reclaim territories at the West Philippine Sea.
The Philippines and Vietnam agree to fortify their strategic partnership in political, economic, agricultural, defense, and maritime security, judicial and law enforcement cooperation, scientific, socio-cultural, technical and multi-lateral cooperations.
Aside from these, President Aquino said that they also discussed a more intense cooperation against human and illegal drug trafficking.
According Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., President Aquino asked for Vietnam’s support as the plans to enter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership as soon as the said organization opens its doors to new members. (with DZRH Florante Rosales)