China dismisses a US report of establishing a military presence in Cambodia.
In the days immediately after attending the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue one year ago, retired People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Major-General Yao Yunzhu, from China’s Academy of Military Sciences, offered her perspective on the summit.
The annual Shangri-La Dialogue kicked off in Singapore last Friday. Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe and Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan attended the event and made a speech, raising observers’ expectations on this year’s Dialogue.
There is too much at stake at the Shangri-La Dialogue taking place this week in Singapore particularly with the escalating trade war between two superpowers, which now threatens to boil over into the South China Sea.
The speech of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore over the weekend, sidestepped difficult questions about New Delhi’s involvement in minilateral forums, such as the Quad, perceived by Beijing and by critics elsewhere as anti-Chinese.
China’s concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security has clarified the country’s stance on issues of regional concern, contributing to long-term stability and development in Asia, Chinese delegates to the 17th Shangri-La Dialogue said last Saturday.
For the region’s military officers, diplomats, weapons manufacturers and spies, there are few livelier places than the lobby of Singapore’s Shangri-La hotel around mid-year.