The Diplomat's July 28, 2022 Pacific Defense Chiefs Meet Against Backdrop of Rising China; Military leaders from 26 nations are participating in a conference hosted in Sydney. mentions how many nations participated in the actual meeting this year;
Military leaders from 26 nations are participating in the conference, and most of those are chiefs of defense. China was invited but said it would be unable to attend.
though in ABC News (Australia)'s video US General Mark Milley on the growing threat of China in the Pacific region the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff gives a different total:
I just came from a conference in Sydney, where 27 countries (from) Asia-Pacific were meeting to discuss common issues of national security.
and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM)'s July 27, 2022 news item 2022 Chiefs of Defense Conference Concludes includes a photograph with what appears to be 28 individuals wearing military uniforms.
- What specific organization sponsored this 2022 Pacific Defense Chiefs meeting in Sydney?
- How many member nations does it have? (numbers like 26, 27 and 28 seem possible)
- Which members attended this conference?
Source: U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM)'s July 27, 2022 news item 2022 Chiefs of Defense Conference Concludes