The conference, the first of its kind held by the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, drew the participation of representatives from Russian authorities and researchers of issues on Asia-Pacific and East Sea security, as well as scholars from the EU, the US, Australia, India, Japan and Singapore.

Delegates analysed the East Sea issue from the angles of geo-politics, historical and legal bases of territorial disputes and threats to regional stability, and proposed solutions to the current conflicts.

Addressing the one-day event, Alexander Tokovinin, an official from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, called on concerned parties to refrain from the use of force and to resolve the issue by political-diplomatic means on the basis of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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