BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Brunei Darussalam Thursday hosted the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Security Policy Conference (ASPC).
The primary objectives of the ASPC are to further strengthen the cooperation of confidence building measures in military spheres within the framework of the ARF and the participation of defense officials in the ARF; to open new channels of dialogue and exchanges among defence officials, diplomats as well as military academicians, to further increase mutual trust and understanding among the defense officials; and to further improve and substantiate the process of the ARF and keep propelling it forward.
The Conference was chaired by Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Azmansham bin Pengiran Haji Mohamad, Permanent Secretary (Defence Policy & Development), Ministry of Defense, Brunei Darussalam.
The Conference acknowledged the good progress has been made in defense and military cooperation among ARF members. In upholding the spirit of dialogue and consultation, the Conference had an active and constructive exchange of views on the regional and international security situation. A range of traditional and non- traditional security concerns were discussed and deliberated.
The Conference also discussed on the ways to enhance regional and international efforts towards cyber security. Several proposals were put forward, which include, among others, the sharing of best-practices, the conduct of professional exchanges and education on cyber security, as well as streamlining efforts in enhancing cyber security between different policy areas.
The ARF members include Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, European Union, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, the United States, and Vietnam.