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The second meeting of senior defense officials on common security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region

The second meeting of senior defense officials on common security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region was held for the second time on Thursday, March 25, 2010 in Tokyo.
Participants were from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Ambassador from Myanmar attended the meeting as an observer.
During the meeting, the participants constructively discussed common regional security challenges: the first agenda item was "non-traditional security challenges, including maritime security, disaster relief, peacekeeping and peace-building," and the second agenda item was "Building an Asia-Pacific Architecture for Security Cooperation"
On the first agenda item, participants shared their experiences, know-how regarding maritime security, disaster relief and PKO through discussion. The participants agreed that non-traditional security issues cannot be dealt with by only one country, and that it is necessary to strengthen international cooperation and to improve capabilities in the region through the efforts such as sharing experiences and joint exercises.
On the second agenda item, participants discussed frameworks of security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, such as ADMM-Plus, and future prospects cooperation. The participants agreed that it is necessary to continue a series of efforts toward stabilizing the security environment in the region through a multilayered combination of multilateral frameworks, relying on the various features of existing frameworks for security cooperation.
Participants deepened mutual understanding on respective views regarding common regional security challenges. They all recognized and shared the view that dialogue of this kind is truly beneficial for forging a foundation for stronger bilateral and multilateral ties based on mutual trust and cooperation.
In addition, Vice-Minister Nakae held bilateral-meeting with the following country representatives:

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