Vietnam’s Defence Ministry delegation held a series of bilateral meetings with representatives from the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) and defence ministries of Spain, New Zealand and Germany to discuss maritime security on May 30.

The meetings took place on the sidelines of the 14th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore from May 29-31.

Head of the Vietnamese delegation Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh said the bilateral meetings focused on emerging security threats, strategies and the intervention of “big countries” in East Sea issues.

The meetings allowed Vietnam to grasp the general trends while presenting the country’s official viewpoints regarding issues of regional and global concerns, he said.

The deputy defence minister also affirmed that the meetings aimed to boost bilateral cooperation between Vietnam and those countries in such fields as joint strategic research, personnel training, participation in peacekeeping activities of peace and security and other issues of mutual interest.-VNA