Senior General Min Aung Hlaing highlights the global weakening situation of stability and security measures remarkably affect the Asia-Pacific security and economic sectors
Food security of the Asia-Pacific region which is home to more than 60 per cent of the global population is of great importance, said Chairman of the State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services of Myanmar Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in his video message screened in the second session of the XI Moscow Conference on International Security in 2023 at the Patriotic Park of the Russian Federation in Moscow of Russia on 15 August.
The conference was launched with a video message from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Discussions at the conference were held under the themes of military perspectives on security measures in the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific regional security, mutual relations of military departments and anticipations.
In his discussion on the topic with the title of the important role of the unity of ASEAN in peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region, the Senior General highlighted that some countries utilize the dollar currency as a weapon to threaten finance and security in trading fuel and fertilizers.
He underscored that the trade value in the Asia-Pacific region reached US$19 trillion in the region in 2022 comprising $3.5 trillion worth of economic service.
A total of 20 of 30 world’s high-class container ports are located in the Asia-Pacific region, possessing 56 per cent of the world’s maritime container transport route, he added.
He continued to say that the Asia-Pacific region produced 8.3 per cent of the global oil production in 2022 and used 38 per cent of the global oil production to meet the local demand. According to the IEA statistics, the region demands 30.8 million barrels of oil per day at present and it will reach 38.5 million barrels per day in 2030 to boom the oil and natural gas market in the region.
Currently, he expressed his remarks that weaker situation of stability and security measures across the world remarkably affect the security and economic sectors of the Asia-Pacific region.
He noted that the organizations like ASEAN are playing a pivotal role in mitigating the impacts of global instability and insecurity. Enhancement of economic consolidation contributes to the Asia-Pacific region to overcome challenges and foster peace, stability and prosperity in the global environment, he added.
Although the ASEAN is not a military alliance, its defence power consolidation is very powerful. The consolidation between Viet Nam with military experiences and Myanmar and other ASEAN countries possessing powerful weapons is remarkably reliable for the world. Moreover, the association influences regional cooperation and helps strengthen mutual cooperation to enhance peaceful relation measures, he noted.
With regard to Myanmar, the Senior General disclosed that political, economic and security measures can be stabilized in most of the country except some areas of Myanmar. Myanmar is striving for ensuring security, peace and stability, rule of law and economic development of the nation so as to hold a free and fair multiparty democratic general elections to hand over the State’s responsibilities to the elected political party under the democratic norms.
As the unity of ASEAN is of great importance for the peace and stability of the whole Asia-Pacific region, it is necessary to overcome and respond to deep challenges of the region with firm unity and cooperation of regional countries including the ASEAN. The Senior General stressed the need for all to join hands in seeking peaceful solutions to conflicts and problems among the regional countries and to grasp the opportunities to develop the region, he added.
The 11th MCIS-2023 concluded at 6:30 pm local time.
Heads of State from five countries including the Senior General sent video records to the meeting, and it was attended by more than 800 attendees including defence ministers from 20 countries comprising SAC member Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister for Defence Admiral Tin Aung San, 16 deputy defence ministers from 16 countries, 12 directors from 12 countries. — MNA/TTA