Policymakers and experts from the eight countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its 10 supporting country partners are convening in Hanoi, Vietnam, to address humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the region — and potential necessary role for military aid in humanitarian responses.
The second ASEAN Defense Senior Officials’ Meeting-Plus Working Group (ADMM-Plus) on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (EWG-HARD) is co-chaired by China and Vietnam, and runs through Aug. 10.
Representatives of the host country are expected to relay experiences of the training their military forces undergo in general and to respond properly to various kinds of humanitarian crises, like natural disasters.
Participants will also address legal frameworks for military intervention in humanitarian and disaster relief situations.
In November 2011, at the first working group meeting under the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus, a senior Chinese military official called for enhanced collaboration between militaries and disaster response teams, as the China Daily then reported.
China now has eight professional humanitarian and disaster relief forces with 50,000 military troops.
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