- Recently, at the ADMM-Plus meeting, the Defence minister has called for rule-based order in Indo-Pacific and raised the issue of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea , highlighting India’s concerns on Maritime Security.
ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting(ADMM)
- The ASEAN Security Community (ASC) Plan of Action, adopted at the 10th ASEAN Summit, stipulates that ASEAN shall work towards the convening of an annual ADMM and the Inaugural meeting of the ADMM was held in Kuala Lumpur on 9 May 2006.
- The ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) is the highest defence consultative and cooperative mechanism in ASEAN.
- It aims to promote mutual trust and confidence through greater understanding of defence and security challenges as well as enhancement of transparency and openness.
- Cooperation in the ASEAN defence sector has grown steadily since its inception in 2006 in the areas such as maritime security, counter-terrorism, peacekeeping operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, military medicine, and defence industry.
- The 15th ADMM was held on 15 June 2021, in Brunei Darussalam.
Objectives of the ADMM
- To promote regional peace and stability through dialogue and cooperation in defence and security;
- To give guidance to existing senior defence and military officials dialogue and cooperation in the field of defence and security within ASEAN and between ASEAN and dialogue partners;
- To promote mutual trust and confidence through greater understanding of defence and security challenges as well as enhancement of transparency and openness.
ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM-PLUS)
- The ADMM-Plus is a platform for ASEAN and its eight Dialogue Partners, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic Of Korea, Russian Federation and the United States, to strengthen security and defence cooperation for peace, stability, and development in the region.
- The Inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Hanoi Vietnam, on 12 October 2010.
- The ADMM-Plus currently focuses on seven areas of practical cooperation namely maritime security, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster management, peacekeeping operations, military medicine, humanitarian mine action and cyber security.
- Experts Working Groups (EWGs) have been established to facilitate cooperation in these areas.
- The 8th ADMM-Plus was held on 16 June 2021, in Brunei Darussalam.
Objectives of the ADMM-Plus
- To benefit ASEAN member countries in building capacity to address shared security challenges, while cognisant of the differing capacities of various ASEAN countries;
- To promote mutual trust and confidence between defence establishments through greater dialogue and transparency;
- To enhance regional peace and stability through cooperation in defence and security, in view of the transnational security challenges the region faces.