Security conference on Northeast Asia to be held in Beijing

Beijing: Officials and experts from six countries will meet in Beijing to discuss Northeast Asia cooperation, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Monday. China, Russia, Japan, the US, South Korea and North Korea will send participants to the 26th Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD) being held here on Wednesday and Thursday, Xinhua news agency quoted spokesperson Hua Chunying as saying. Wu Dawei, China's special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, and Choe Son-hui, deputy director for North American affairs at North Korea Foreign Ministry, will be present at the meeting, Hua said. The dialogue is organised by the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) in coordination with the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS). Participants will exchange views on the current regional security situation and methods to reduce tension and promote strategic trust, according to a press release from CIIS. "We hope this meeting will have productive discussions on Northeast Asia cooperation and give suggestions on maintaining regional peace and stability," Hua said. NEACD was established in 1993 to create an institutional mechanism for dialogue and communication to minimize tension and build cooperation in the region.