19 September 2017

News Story: Pacific army chiefs' meeting to open in Seoul

SEOUL, Sept. 18 (Yonhap) -- A meeting of top army officers from Indo-Asia-Pacific countries will open in Seoul later Monday amid escalating tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, South Korea's Army said.

The biennial Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (PACC) will bring together army chiefs of staff and senior commanders from 29 nations, co-hosted by South Korea's Army Chief of Staff Gen. Kim Yong-woo and his American counterpart Mark A. Milley.

China is also sending a three-star general to the session scheduled to run through Thursday under the theme "Unity of Effort: Building Civil-Military Partnerships in Land Force Response to Non-Traditional Security Threats."

It will be the first visit by a high-level Chinese military official since South Korea and the United States agreed to deploy the advanced THAAD missile defense system on the peninsula last year.

The PACC will kick off with a keynote speech by former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Grand Hyatt Seoul hotel.

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