Beijing, PR China — The 4th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the East Asian Seas Partnership Council was held on 20 December 2008 in Beijing, PR China. All members of the EC and officials of China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA), as the host country representatives, attended the meeting, along with a representative from Japan's Ocean Policy Research Foundation (OPRF) as an observer.The one-day meeting delved into several important issues including the PEMSEA Trust Fund, PEMSEA's Legal Personality, and the organization of the East Asian Seas Congress 2009 and Ministerial Forum 2009.The Executive Committee endorsed the Agreement Recognizing the International Legal Personality of the PEMSEA as a final draft and instructed the Secretariat to pursue signature from the Country Partners. The Committee also approved the PEMSEA Trust Fund Management Guidelines.The Executive Committee recommended that its next meeting be organized on 24-25 July 2009 in Manila, Philippines. The focus of that meeting will include final preparations for the EAS Congress. It was agreed that Country and non-Country Partners would be invited to attend the meeting.