Thu. Apr 18th, 2024

A Vietnamese military delegation led by Deputy Minister of Defence
Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh arrived in Singapore on
May 30 to attend the 12th Asia Security Summit (or Shangri-La Dialogue).

During his stay in Singapore, from May 30 to
June 2, Deputy Minister Vinh will attend opening and plenary sessions
within the Dialogue’s framework. He is scheduled to take part in
activities led by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung including talks with
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, a meeting with President
Tony Tan and working sessions with Singaporean leading businesses.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will deliver a keynote address at the opening session on May 31.

Deputy Minister Vinh is scheduled to deliver a speech at a plenary
session on June 2, have bilateral meetings with Defence Ministers of
Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and France, and meet with Deputy
Defence Ministers of Singapore, Brunei, Russia, the Republic of
Korea, and the Commander of the US Pacific Command.

Convened
by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies
(IISS), the Shangri-La Dialogue is the key forum for the discussion and
analysis of defence and security issues in the region and beyond.

According to the IISS, 31 countries are represented at this year’s
Dialogue, namely Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia,
Canada, China, Columbia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, the
Republic of Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand,
Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sweden,
Thailand, Timor-Leste, UAE, the UK, the US, and Vietnam.

The agenda includes five plenary sessions on US approach to
regional security; defending national interests, preventing conflict;
military modernisation and strategic transparency; new trends in
Asia-Pacific security; and advancing defence cooperation in the Asia
Pacific.

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; Deputy
Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army of China
Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo; High Representative for Foreign Affairs
and Security Policy for the European Union Catherine Ashton will speak
in the plenary sessions, among others.

The Dialogue
will also host six special sessions on avoiding incidents at sea; Afghan
drawdown and regional security; missile defence in the Asia-Pacific;
new military technologies and doctrines; defence diplomacy and conflict
prevention; and cyber dimension to Asian security.-VNA

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