The Shangri-La Dialogue on Asian Security, which had been postponed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume today in Singapore. After a multilateral meeting with the ASEAN Defence Minister on the sidelines today, US Defense Secretary Austin, who will address the conference, is expected to meet with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe in the evening.
The Shangri-La Dialogue Asian Security Conference is being held physically at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore from June 10 to 12, 2022. As the leading security summit in the Asia-Pacific region, the event brings together defense ministers, senior officials, and business leaders from the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America with security experts to discuss key security issues, said the organizer, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a UK-based think tank.
Lloyd Austin will speak on the 11 about ‘The Next Step in US Indo-Pacific Strategy,’ followed by Wei Fenghe on the 12 about ‘China’s Vision for Regional Order.’ The content of their speeches has gotten a lot of attention as the United States and China have heated their rivalry and have recently been at odds on several issues.
A US Department of Defense spokesperson confirmed to the media this afternoon that Austin and Wei will meet on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue this evening.
The meeting is expected to cover Taiwan and other issues.
Austin is holding a number of meetings on the sidelines today, the spokesperson said, including a meeting with defense ministers from countries in the East Asian Association (except Myanmar) and bilateral meetings with Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
The spokesperson said the meeting between the US and the defense ministers of the Eastern Association is expected to touch on issues such as Ukraine and Myanmar.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will deliver a keynote speech at the General Assembly tonight, where Japanese media previously revealed that Kishida will state his position on promoting technical cooperation to enhance maritime security capabilities. On the situation in Ukraine, he will say that the same could happen in East Asia and will point out the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
Ukrainian President Zelensky will deliver a special speech by video on November 11 2022, and Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Dmytro Senik, who was Ukraine’s ambassador to Singapore from 2016 to 2020, will be among the participants. No Russian officials are known to be in attendance.
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