Russian, Japanese, Chinese, and Mongolian rescue services are due to hold their first joint convention in Khabarovsk and other areas of the Russian Far East on November 13-14, discussing emergency early warning and clear-up operations. "We have already held a Russian-American and a Russian-Japanese convention reinforcing training methods for land and sea operations on land and sea," said colonel Viktor Kadnikov from the Far East Regional Centre on Civil Defence, Emergencies, and Disaster Clearing. "This is the first meeting of the four countries' rescue services." "It is especially relevant owing to the need to unite our efforts, experience, and technical equipment when facing natural disasters, industrial emergencies, and possible acts of terror in the Asian-Pacific region," he added. A joint declaration is expected to be signed.