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Think tanks to host forum on peace cooperation in Northeast Asia

Defense 15:03 November 26, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- Two South Korean think tanks will hold an annual international forum in Seoul this week on cooperation in promoting multilateral trust and peace on the peninsula and in the region, Seoul's foreign ministry said Monday.

The Sejong Institute and Jeju Peace Institute will host the Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Forum on Wednesday, bringing together government officials and experts from the United States, China, Japan, Russia, Australia, the European Union and other countries and international organizations.

The participants will discuss regional security cooperation, confidence-building measures and ways to move forward with South Korean President Moon Jae-in's proposal to establish a "Northeast Asian railway community."

Among them are Marc Knapper, acting U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Korea and Japan affairs; Chen Hai, Chinese foreign ministry's deputy director general for Asian affairs; and Katsuro Kitagawa, a minister for political affairs at the Japanese embassy in Seoul.

"The forum is expected to serve as a venue for meaningful dialogue that would contribute to the efforts to maintain the momentum for multilateral cooperation among regional countries, build trust and establish an enduring peace regime," the ministry said in a press release.


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