| Danial Norjidi |
THE Commander of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), Admiral Samuel J Locklear III arrived in Brunei yesterday afternoon.
The Commander arrived at the Air Movement Centre of Rimba Airbase, where he also paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih bin Abdullah.
Admiral Locklear is here for the 2014 Annual Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) Conference which will be taking place at The Empire Hotel & Country Club from November 3-6.
The conference will be bringing together defence chiefs from 26 countries – Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.
This year’s conference is committed to the success of regional cooperation, carrying the theme, “Multilateralism: Practical Cooperation Towards Shared Responsibilities”.
As the conference programme book reads, “Given the prevalence of non-traditional security threats in our region today, CHOD remains an important platform to strengthen our cooperation and capacity building mechanisms.”
According a recent Xinhua report, the Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Lt Gen Tim Keating will be looking to build international links at the conference.
The report highlights a statement from Lt Gen Keating on Saturday in which he said the event will be important to “maintaining and strengthening New Zealand’s network of relationships with overseas friends and partners”.
Sessions at the conference are set to include presentations on overcoming the limitations of multilateralism, the roles of armed forces responding to new and emerging security challenges, and military operations other than war.