The 18th Executive Committee Meeting was held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Qingdao, PR China, on 7 to 8 December 2016. The meeting was hosted by the State Oceanic Administration of China. The meeting was attended by the EAS Partnership Council Chair, Dr. Antonio La Viña; Intergovernmental Session Chair, Dr. Zhang Haiwen; Technical Session Chair, Mr. Makoto Harunari; and Technical Session Co-Chair, Dr. Vu Thanh Ca.
Representatives from PR China, Japan, Philippines and RO Korea participated as observers. The PEMSEA Resource Facility (PRF) served as Secretariat for the meeting, with assistance from the China-PEMSEA Center.