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Defence Minister to attend security summit

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General Tea Banh will be in Singapore this weekend for the 18th Asia Security Summit. KT/Siv Channa

Defence Minister General Tea Banh will attend the 18th Asia Security Summit for three days in Singapore to exchange perspectives on ensuring security in the region.

General Chhum Sucheat, spokesman for the Defence Ministry, said the summit will run from Friday to Sunday and Gen Banh will be accompanied by ministry secretary of state Neang Phat, as well as Nem Sowath, director-general of the General Department of Policy and Foreign Affairs at the Defence Ministry.

The Defence Ministry issued a statement yesterday adding that Gen Banh will also be accompanied by senior RCAF leaders.

“As with previous years, the 18th Asia Security Summit in Singapore will provide an opportunity for bilateral meetings and representatives of defence chiefs from all countries to discuss and exchange regional security matters,” the statement noted.

Reached yesterday, Gen Banh said that there are many issues related to security matters that will be discussed by defence chiefs from all countries.

“There are a lot of issues we will be discussing at the Asia Security Summit,” Gen Banh said.

Gen Sucheat noted that Gen Banh will not be delivering a speech at the summit as he did last year.

“Defence chiefs from all countries will be discussing and addressing security threats in Asia in order to maintain regional security,” Gen Sucheat said.

Chheang Vannarith, president of Asian Vision Institute, said that regional security risks are on the rise, driven by heightening geopolitical competition between the US and China.

“The unfolding trade war between the US and China has security implications,” Mr Vannarith said. “Asean is the crossroad balancing its external relations with all major powers, and strengthening inclusive, open and rules-based international order is the common interest of Asean member states.”

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