Experts call for ‘strategic trust’ in East Sea

HCM CITY — While the East Sea (South China Sea) situation remains uncertain, nations should build “strategic trust” to maintain peace, stability and development in the region, a Vietnamese official told an international conference held in HCM City yesterday.
Nearly 200 senior officials, business executives, experts, academics and diplomats are participating in the ninth International Conference on the East Sea.
Assoc Prof Dr Nguyễn Vũ Tùng, director of the Diplomatic Academy of Việt Nam, said the East Sea issue remains “one of the most difficult and unpredictable questions for international academics and scholars.”
Since the decision of the Arbitral Tribunal, the East Sea situation has seen positive changes, but in the long run there is still fear of “disorder and conflict,” he said.
This is mainly due to the fact that “international law is not fully respected” and nations in the region lack “strategic trust,” he said.
“The role of the East Sea in the security of the region will continue to grow.”