SHANGHAI, June 23 (ChinaMil) -- The medical workshop of 2016 Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) concluded in Shanghai on Thursday. The theme of this year's workshop is "cooperation, coordination and capability".
During the two-day workshop, a total of 60 representatives from 13 WPNS member countries including the U.S., Australia, Canada and Russia as well as Bangladesh and Pakistan, which are observer countries, carried out discussions and exchange of views on three topics, namely, sea disaster rescue and international humanitarian medical service, submarine medical rescue and construction of maritime medical support capability.
Initiated in 2002, the workshop is designed to boost cooperation and exchange among naval medical forces from various countries. After more than 10 years' development, the workshop has become one of most fruitful professional workshops under the WPNS framework, playing positive roles in pushing forward pragmatic cooperation among the navies of the WPNS member countries, strengthening their understanding and mutual trust, and jointly safeguarding regional maritime security.
The workshop participants agreed that it is necessary for navies of the WPNS member countries to further improve the communication mechanism in the medical field, constantly expand the scope of dialogue, broaden research areas and jointly upgrade the medical support capability.
Liu Jun, Chinese naval representative and director of the Health Bureau of the PLA Navy's Logistics Department, delivered a keynote speech at the workshop. As a responsible major country, China always positively implements its international obligations and proactively participates in international disaster reduction and rescue actions, playing an important role in safeguarding regional peace, stability and development, he said.
The Chinese military medical force has been positively participating in UN peacekeeping operations, international disaster relief and humanitarian aid actions as well as Chinese-foreign medical exchange activities and joint training exercises, Liu said.
Chinese military has dispatched multiple batches of professional medical and epidemic prevention teams to perform international medical rescue missions in disaster-stricken countries and sent its hospital ships to make rounds of visits to many places in the world to provide free medical services for local people, winning wide acclaim from international community, Liu noted.
The workshop participants also toured the PLA Naval Medical Research Institute in Shanghai, which opened for the visitors its training cabin for submariners’ escape test and a saturation diving system for 500m depth.