In mid June, experts and officials on nuclear energy safety from the 10 ASEAN countries and China, Japan and South Korea, gathered in Bangkok to convene the first ASEAN+3 Forum on Nuclear Energy Safety. The forum was held to provide an academic platform for exchanging experience and technologies in a bid to promote regional cooperation on nuclear safety issue, as quoted in China View.
Countries that have great expertise in nuclear technology (China, Japan and South Korea), and countries that are in great need of such technology -- the ASEAN countries under the framework share the political will to enhance greater regional cooperation on energy security.
Norkhun Sitthipong, the deputy permanent secretary for Energy told Bangkok Post that representatives from China, Japan, Korea, Asean and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) agreed to co-operate to support developing nuclear power in Southeast
Prior to the meeting, a big event, The 4th Annual China Nuclear Energy Congress, took place in China from 10-13 June, 2008. The congress claimed itself as the biggest and exclusive nuclear power event in Asia with a focus on China, Japan, Korea and ASEAN, endorsed by China and Japan and supported by IAEA.
ASEAN+3 Nuclear Safety Forum kicks off in Bangkok (China View, 16 June 2008)
Nuclear Programme (Bangkok Post, 17 June 2008)
ASEAN 10 +3 holds forum on nuclear safety (People's Daily Online, 17 June 2008)