The 8th General Conference of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) is being held in Hanoi from November 21-22 to discuss traditional and non-traditional threats and challenges to peace and stability in the Asia- Pacific region.
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The event attracts more than 300 delegates, including scholars, researchers, experts and 150 representatives from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, ASEAN, the US, Russia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India.
The conference takes place in the wake of 19th ASEAN Summit and related meetings in Bali, Indonesia under which a regional security structure has taken shape with the participation of Russia and the US in the sixth East Asia Summit (EAS) for the first time.
In the face of unpredictable fluctuations in the world, the Asia-Pacific region is seeking effective ways to cope with more risks and challenges to maintain an environment of peace and stability.
During the two-day conference, delegates will also touch upon issues related to weapons of mass destruction, maritime security, network security, water sources security, responsibilities for protecting people, and the situation on the Korean Peninsular.
They will evaluate the efficiency of mechanisms for regional security cooperation and propose measures to promote cooperation mechanisms for ensuring an environment of peace and security in the Asia- Pacific region.
The CSCAP- a semiofficial security organization- was established in 1993 with the aim of promoting confidence building in the region through consultancy dialogues and cooperation.
The organization encompasses 21 full members, including 8 ASEAN member countries (exclusive of Laos and Myanmar), China, Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK), the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Mongolia, India, the US, the EU, Russia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea, and the Indian Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) (associate member).