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Philippines hosts ASEAN Maritime Forum in Manila

10-03-2012 22:37 BJT

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The Philippines is hosting the third ASEAN Maritime Forum in Manila from Wednesday to Friday. Senior officials and maritime experts from ASEAN are attending the meeting to focus on ways to improve maritime cooperation and security in the region.

In his opening remarks, Philippines’ Vice President Jejomar Binay said the forum will focus on maritime security and cooperation among ASEAN members, ensuring freedom of navigation and combating sea piracy, and promoting eco-tourism in East Asia. Meanwhile, the first Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum or EAMF will also be held in Manila on Friday.

Delegates from China, the US, Russia, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand are expected to attend. Discussions during the EAMF will focus on the relevance of the current UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and opportunities to enhance maritime connectivity in the region. It will also touch on infrastructure cooperation, training ship personnel, and protecting the marine environment.

Editor:Wang Shuo |Source: CCTV.com

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