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Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 13:42

Security high on ASEAN meet agenda

By Xinhua
Security high on ASEAN meet agenda
From left to right, Australia's Defense Minister Marise Payne, Brunei's Defense Minister Mohammad Yasmin Umar, Cambodia's Defense Minister Gen. Tea Banh, China's Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, India's Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, Indonesia's Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, Myanmar's Defense Minister Sein Win, Laos' Defense Minister Sengnouane Sayalat, Malaysia's Defense Minister Hishamuddin Hussein, New Zealand's Defense Minister Gerry Brownlee, Philippines' Secretary of Defense Voltaire Gazmin, South Korea's Defense Minister Han Min Koo, Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, Singapore's Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen, Thailand's Defense Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Vietnam's Deputy Defense Minister Nguyen Van Hien join hands as they pose for photographers after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov 4, 2015. (Lai Seng Sin / AP)

VIENTIANE – Security threats and challenges were on the agenda as ministers of defense of 10 South-East Asian countries met in the capital of Laos Wednesday.

Our region is still faced by both traditional and non-traditional security threats and challenges, which no single country can handle alone

Lt. Gen. Chansomone Chanyalath, Lao Minister of National Defense

"Our region is still faced by both traditional and non-traditional security threats and challenges, which no single country can handle alone,” Lt. Gen. Chansomone Chanyalath, Lao Minister of National Defense, said in his opening remarks of ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Retreat.

"In general, regional and international environments continue to undergo complex and rapid changes. ASEAN and the international communities continue to be concerned about challenges and developments across regions of the world,” said Lt. Gen. Chansomone, who was the meeting chair.

Terrorism and extremism are posing threats to regional and global peace and stability as demonstrated by the brutal attacks in many parts of the world including in our region, he pointed out.

"Natural disasters and climate change also continue to pose threats and challenges to regional security since they adversely impact people's livelihoods as well as the national, regional and international socio-economic development," the Lao defense minister said.

The ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Retreat is one of the multilateral meetings being held in Laos as per its 2016 chairmanship of the 10-member grouping.

The ADMM is the highest ASEAN defense and security cooperative mechanism.

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