Vietnam-Canada to Increase Defense Dialogue
Vietnam and Canada indicate that they may formalize a new defense policy dialogue to advance security cooperation during a meeting between Vietnam’s Deputy Defense Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh met Derek Joyce, Director General of International Security Policy at Canada’s Department of National Defense in Hanoi on January 24.
The two representatives hope to strengthen national security in the two nations, while also helping to maintain security in the wider Asia-Pacific region by increasing defense cooperation between Vietnam and Canada. Points discussed during the meeting and identified for further advancement included enhanced bilateral partnership in personal training, United Nations peacekeeping activities and the defense industry.
This comes after Canada, being one of the longest-serving ASEAN dialogue partners, has been making a noticeable effort to build relations with Southeast Asian states. In the past year we have seen some advancement in this area such as the signing of a memorandum of understanding, formalizing Vietnam’s participation in Canada’s Military Training Cooperation Program. This memorandum is expected to give Vietnamese officers more chances to take part in diverse training courses.
The Vietnam Deputy Defense Minister indicated that there was much room to develop the relationship between the two nations further.