Vietnam's army chief says unity the key to ASEAN regional strength

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey (L) poses for a photo with his Vietnamese counterpart General Do Ba Ty after a welcoming ceremony at Vietnam's Defence Ministry in Hanoi August 14, 2014.

HA NOI - The Viet Nam People's Army would continue to work with other ASEAN armies to establish new mechanisms to protect the region's security.

Viet Nam People's Army's General Chief of Staff, Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, said this at the opening of the 15th ASEAN Chief of Army Multilateral Meeting (ACAMM-15) in Ha Noi yesterday.

He added that non-traditional security threats had emerged in great variety and were capable of leaving enormous consequences that could not be tackled by a single country.

ACAMM-15, titled Enhancing Co-ordinating Capacity for ASEAN Armies to Respond to Non-traditional Challenges, was held by the Viet Nam People's Army for the first time.

The meeting aims to foster exchange and integration of personnel and resources, enhance solidarity, develop mutual understanding and build trust among ASEAN militaries.

General Ty said ACAMM had become a crucial co-operation mechanism, helping member nations to collectively deal with common security threats.

At the five-day event, participants will discuss measures to promote co-operation among army members with a view to maintaining the region's peace and spurring development as part of ongoing efforts to build the ASEAN Community by 2015.