Hanoi: A plan to facilitate regional trade to boost the epidemic-hit economy and tensions around the resource-rich South China Sea was highlighted at Friday's ASEAN summit.

During the summit, which was held almost the first time in the bloc's 53-year history due to epidemics, according to Vietnam News, published on June 26, 2020. ASEAN leaders reiterated the need to strengthen resilience and regional solidarity to overcome adversity.

In his opening speech, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said ASEAN is facing many difficulties and opportunities brought about by changes in geopolitics and epidemics while multilateral institutions and international law are facing serious challenges. Strong.

In this context, the head of the Vietnamese Government emphasized the growing role and mission of world powers, multilateral organizations and the region, calling for a greater sense of responsibility for the international community.

Regarding the South China Sea, with many countries struggling to cope with the epidemic, there are also alarming reports of risks to stability and security in the South China Sea, one of the busiest maritime routes in the world, and the Asean leaders. Notice.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister condemned "acts of violating international law, destabilizing the situation and undermining trust" and suggested that all countries be more responsible.