At the 10th anniversary of the founding of the ASEANAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM-PlusASEAN Defence Ministers‘ Meeting Plus), Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer emphasised the relevance of the Indo-Pacific region for Germany and Europe in terms of security policy as well as the common interest in mechanisms of peaceful conflict resolution. She pledged to strengthen cooperation.
Germany stands by ASEANAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations’s side. It is the central forum for peaceful conflict resolution and security policy dialogue, including in the negotiations for a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea. Those were the words of Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the ADMM-PlusASEAN Defence Ministers‘ Meeting Plus format on 9 December. The Minister had been invited to attend as a guest speaker the virtual meeting of defence ministers of the ten ASEANAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations member states (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia) and of what is referred to as the “plus countries”.
The Minister declared that as a global trading power, Germany took a key interest in security, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. She added that Germany intended to fulfil its responsibility for a rules-based global order together with its partners, and to strengthen its presence in the region in order to demonstrate its solidarity.
In its policy guidelines on the Indo-Pacific region published in September, the German government pledges to increase its security commitment and cooperation with local partners in the region. The speech at the ADMM-PlusASEAN Defence Ministers‘ Meeting Plus meeting complemented the Minister’s series of virtual talks on security challenges in the Indo-Pacific with her counterparts from Australia, Singapore and Japan.
The ADMM-PlusASEAN Defence Ministers‘ Meeting Plus format was initiated ten years ago in order to enable an exchange on matters of security policy between the defence ministers of the ten ASEANAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations member states and other countries with interests in Southeast Asia. The “plus countries” are Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia, and the United States.