Japan Ministry of Defense


 
Group photo of the participants for the Meeting.
No.18 AUGUST 2010

Group photo of the participants for the Meeting

The Second Meeting of Senior Defense Officials on Common Security Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region

Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Nakae chaired the Meeting.
Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Nakae chaired the Meeting.

On March 25 and 26, in Tokyo, the Ministry of Defense hosted "The Second Meeting of Senior Defense Officials on Common Security Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region", with vice-ministerial-level defense officials from the ASEAN countries and the ASEAN Secretariat. The "Tokyo-Seminar on Common Security Challenges" was held with experts' attendance from both Japan and foreign countries.

Sharing views to strengthen trust and cooperation in the area of defense

The Second Meeting of Senior Defense Officials on Common Security Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region was held on March 25 in Tokyo.
The Second Meeting of Senior Defense Officials on Common Security Challenges
in the Asia-Pacific Region was held on March 25 in Tokyo.

The second meeting of senior defense officials on common security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region was held 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 was "non-traditional security challenges, including maritime security, disaster relief, peacekeeping and peace-building," and the second agenda was "Building an Asia-Pacific Architecture for Security Cooperation."

On the first agenda, 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, participants discussed frameworks of security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, such as ADMM-Plus, and future prospects of 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, taking into account 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.

For Peace and safety in the Asia-Pacific region, through mutual understanding among participating nations

The 2nd Tokyo-Seminar on Common Security Challenges.
The 2nd Tokyo-Seminar on Common Security Challenges.

The Tokyo-Seminar on Common Security Challenges held on March 26 was chaired by Masashi Nishihara, President of the Research Institute for Peace and Security (Former President, the National Defense Academy). The second seminar in Tokyo was organized with the objects of discussing "common security challenges in the region", "measures to promote regional cooperation in dealing with common challenges" and "the role of defense authorities in regional cooperation and their responses for promoting regional cooperation".

Mr. Nishihara, President of the Research Institute for Peace and Security, chaired the Seminar
Mr. Nishihara, President of the Research Institute for Peace and Security, chaired the Seminar

And another object of this seminar was to contribute to improve security environment, and encourage a dialogue and cooperation in the region. In the first session, "Climate Change and the Role of the Armed Forces", and in the second session "Building an Asia-Pacific Architecture for Security Cooperation." Directors from research institutes and defense officials from Japan, Indonesia, the U.K. and the U.S. discussed and exchanged their views.

Good and close relationships in individual meetings enhanced

On March 25, Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Kimito Nakae also had several bilateral talks with Mr. Majid, Permanent Secretary Ⅱ, Ministry of Defense, Brunei, General Phat, Secretary of State for Ministry of National Defense, Cambodia, Lieutenant General Sjafrie, Vice-Minister of Defence, Ministry of Defence, Indonesia, Brigade General Sisophonh, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Defense, Laos, Mr. Abu Bakar, Secretary General, Ministry of Defence, Malaysia, Mr. Santos, Undersecretary for Defense Affairs, Department of National Defense, Philippines, and Lieutenant General Vinh, Deputy Director Minister of National Defense, Viet Nam.

Good and close relationships in individual meetings enhanced