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10+8 to hold experts' meeting on disaster relief, rescue in Beijing

(Xinhua)

10:49, October 27, 2011

BEIJING, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The first experts' working-group meeting on humanitarian rescue and disaster relief under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus will be held in Beijing.

The meeting, scheduled from Nov. 2 to 5, will attract disaster relief officials from the armed forces and defense ministries of ASEAN member countries and the 10+8 (Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, the Republic of Korea and the United States), as well as officials from the ASEAN Secretariat.

Chinese Defense Ministry Spokesman Yang Yujun told a regular press briefing on Wednesday afternoon that the defense ministries of China and Vietnam will co-chair the meeting.

The main sessions of the meeting will include countries' briefings on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, military participation in international humanitarian assistance as well as disaster relief and cooperation experience, priority areas for cooperation, and initiatives for pragmatic cooperation under the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus mechanism, according to Yang.

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