Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, member of the Party Central Committee, permanent member of the Central Military Commission, and Deputy-Minister of Defense, attended the event. The forum has three key sessions; the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN: enhanced achievements and solidarity; regional security; and Vientiane Vision document: facts and prospects. Scene at the event Speaking at the first session, Gen. Vinh held that over the last 50 years, the ASEAN has gained outstanding achievements in politics-security, economy, and culture-society. Vietnam has joined hands with other ASEAN member countries in building a strong, united, and identity-rich ASEAN Community, which is the regional and global hub. Many cooperation mechanisms within the ASEAN framework strongly show Vietnam’s contribution such as the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM+). However, the room for ASEAN development is vast so that the member countries need to strengthen solidarity and unanimity on the consensus principle, based on international law, the ASEAN Charter and internationally-recognized values. Gen. Vinh stressed that emerging regional and global security challenges require the ASEAN nations to have a new approach and a thorough viewpoint for further development. Each ASEAN country has its own difficulties and they need to join hands to address those problems, putting aside their own interests to overcome differences and reach consensus for the sake of the entire community. Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh (centre) speaking at 9th ASEAN-Japan Deputy-Defense Ministerial Forum The Vietnamese Deputy-Defense Minister suggested that the ASEAN should set standards to reach, including practical and effective cooperation….