Defence ministers from members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed on Tuesday to a three-year cooperation workplan, Xinhua News reported. The strengthening of regional military ties will include a direct communications link. The three-day defence meeting closes on Wednesday. Burma’s first chairmanship of the regional bloc has been dominated by territorial disputes over the South China Sea. Xinhua reported that the ministerial conference was followed by a an “informal meeting” with Chinese representatives.