Philippines Defense chief to meet Chinese, ASEAN counterparts

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin will meet with Gen. Chang Wanquan at the China-ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Informal Meeting in Beijing, China Friday. Chang is China’s Minister of Defense and State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China and a general in the People’s Liberation Army.

Gazmin will be joined by other ASEAN defense ministers.

The various defense ministers are expected to exchange views on regional security issues and multilateral defense cooperation towards enhancing peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific amidst an increasingly complex security environment where defense establishments are being called to address both traditional and non-traditional security issues.

It is also anticipated that the development of ASEAN-China security relations will be included as one of the topics of discussion.