Shangri-La 2018 in Singapore wraps up
Updated : Monday, June 04, 2018 4:28 PM (GMT+0700)

The17th Shangri-La Dialogue closed in Singapore on June 3 after threedays of sitting, featuring five plenary meetings and four simultaneoussessions. 

Vietnamese Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich (C) at the first plenary session
of  the 17th Shangri-La in Singapore - Source: VNA

Defence Minister General NgoXuan Lich led the Vietnamese delegation to the dialogue. 

Apart from a keynote addressdelivered by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the opening session,representatives from member nations of the dialogue focused on discussing andshowing their opinions in main topics such as US leadership and the challenges ofIndo-Pacific security, de-escalating the crisis in the Democratic People’sRepublic of Korea, shaping Asia’s evolving security order, new dimensions ofterrorism and counter-terrorism and raising the bar for regional securitycooperation.

Vietnamese Defence MinisterGeneral Lich presented a speech, which affirmed Vietnam’s stance and defencepolicy, contributing to analysing and shaping the changing security order inAsia in general and in the Asia Pacific region in particular. 

Speaking at the final plenarysession, Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen stressed that despiteinternational order in both security and trade built after World War II has notbeen broken, regional developments and changes in the power balance of bigcountries are making the order in the Asia-Pacific change. 

Notably, some unilateralactions by the US in adjusting and imposing trade policies, and the deploymentof China’s military ammunition systems in the East Sea are going counter toexisting principles and raising security challenges in the region, henoted. 

He urged involved parties tostrengthen coordination in building and consolidating an order based oninternational law in order to maintain development and prosperity in theregion. 

Convened by the London-basedInternational Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Shangri-La Dialogueis the most important regular gathering of defence professionals in theAsia-Pacific, a vital annual fixture in the diaries of ministers and theircivilian and military chiefs of staff.

Since its launch in 2002,the Dialogue has built confidence and fostered security cooperation byfacilitating easy communication among the region’s most important defence andsecurity policy-makers.


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