The two-day event featured one introductory and eight discussion sessions. During the event, delegates discussed critical topics, including the international and regional situations, recent developments in the East Sea, the value of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and requirements for cooperation in ensuring maritime security in the East Sea, among others.

Delegates discuss at the event.

The conference revealed that the East Sea is not a closed sea, but it plays a central role in connecting the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Currently, the East Sea is confronted with many challenges posed by international and regional situations.

In the coming time, the regional and international communities should further commit to international law to ensure the rule of law and trust in multilateral cooperation channels.

An overview of the event

Meanwhile, the communities should be flexible and creative in cooperation mechanisms in different fields and spaces to turn the East Sea into a sea of peace and help countries promote sustainable recovery.

Translated by Quynh Oanh