Shangri-La Dialogue Returns on Thought Provoking Topics Concerning Regional Security  

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Asia-Pacific’s premier defence summit, IISS Shangri-La Dialogue is back after a two-year hiatus, as the world slowly opening up its borders after taking on the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defence Ministers and senior officials from across the Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and beyond, as well as business leaders and security experts, to will once again convene at Singapore, June 10-12, 2022 to focus on the geopolitical and defence dynamics of the Asia-Pacific. It will feature plenary debates led by government ministers, as well as important opportunities for bilateral discussions among delegations.

This year’s event will be a much-awaited affair as the world is on alert in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ever-intensifying competition between China and the United States. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled to deliver on Saturday (June 11) a special virtual address at the Dialogue.

The organisers said that this year’s Dialogue will provide a crucial opportunity for delegates from more than 40 countries to enjoy in-person discussions with global defence policymakers.

Keynote address for this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue will be delivered by Japan’s Prime Minister, Kishida Fumio.

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin III will deliver a major speech on US defence policy in the Indo-Pacific at the Shangri-La Dialogue on Saturday 11 June. Meanwhile, Chinese Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe’s address will take place on Sunday 12 June 2022.

Other well-known figures in the defence and security sphere who are expected to speak at the event include Commander of the United States Indo-Pacific Command, Cambodia’s deputy prime minister and minister of defence, Tea Banh, Admiral John. C. Aquilino, Singapore’s defence minister, Dr Ng Eng Hen, Indonesia’s defence minister, Prabowo Subianto, Philippine’s defence minister, Delfin Lorenzana, Malaysia’s defence minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, and New Zealand’s minister of defence, Peeni Henare.

The Shangri-La Dialogue is organised by Institute for Strategic Studies. This sponsors for this year’s event include Airbus, BAE Systems, and Boeing. –shp/adj/aaa (Image: IISS)