The Pacific Amphibious Leaders Symposium is underway in Tokyo

Commanders of amphibious forces from the Indo-Pacific and other regions are holding meetings in Japan aimed at strengthening cooperation.

About 70 people from 18 countries attended the opening ceremony of the Pacific Amphibious Leaders Symposium, or PALS, in Tokyo on Monday. Australia, the Philippines, Great Britain and France are among the participating nations.

PALS is held for the first time in the Japanese capital. The United States suggested the location as China has engaged in more maritime activities.

The United States Marine Corps originally came up with the idea of ​​having a series of meetings. The first PALS was convened seven years ago. Its purpose was to try to bring peace and stability to the Indo-Pacific region by improving the amphibious capabilities of friendly nations.

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff Yoshida Yoshihide called on participants to work together. He said the Indo-Pacific region faces multiple threats, such as competition among world powers, challenges to the nuclear non-proliferation regime and terrorism.

Participants must attend plenary meetings and visit an SDF base and camp. They will also examine GSDF amphibious vehicles and Osprey transport aircraft that belong to the GSDF and the US Marines. The symposium is due to end on Thursday.