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Wayne Mapp
Wayne Mapp

Wellington, Oct 10 NZPA - An inaugural meeting of Asean defence ministers is a significant development in regional security, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says.

Dr Mapp is to attend the meeting in Vietnam this week.

Asean's 10 members are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

"It is a significant development in the regional security architecture," Dr Mapp said.

"It will build confidence amongst the members, and enhance their understanding of each others' national defence and security policies. In this way we can develop a shared understanding of the region's collective security challenges.

"We will also be discussing opportunities for practical co-operation between countries."

After the meeting Dr Mapp will visit Japan and China in his Research, Science and Technology Minister role.

New Zealand and Japan signed an agreement on science and technology last year and a meeting about that would be held in Tokyo.

In China Dr Mapp will meet Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, to announce projects within the New Zealand-China Strategic Research Alliance. The Alliance was launched in July by the Prime Minister and Chinese Premier Wen Jiaobao, and commits $2.4 million to support bilateral research over the next three years.

The Minister will also host a science function at the New Zealand World Expo Pavilion in Shanghai.

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