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  • The Shangri-La Dialogue 2015

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  • Foreword

    The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) convened its 15th annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore from 3–5 June 2016 and is pleased to present this report, which summarises the Dialogue’s open proceedings, including all plenary and special sessions. The full transcripts of all sessions, including questions and answers, are available on the IISS website. As in previous years, the 2016 Shangri-La Dialogue, which commenced with an important keynote address by Thailand’s...
  • Introduction

    The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue (originally known as the ‘Asia Security Summit’) was initiated in 2002 in response to the evident need for a forum where Asia-Pacific defence ministers could engage in dialogue aimed at building confidence and fostering practical cooperation. Today, the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue remains the only annual meeting for defence ministers from across the broad Asia-Pacific region. It also convenes chiefs of defence staff, permanent heads of defence...
  • Chapter One: Keynote address and opening dinner

    Introducing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, IISS Director-General and Chief Executive Dr John Chipman highlighted ‘strategic unease’ as a defining characteristic of the contemporary Asia-Pacific region. A condition of flux defined relations among states, and tentative security alignments and strategic hedging were prevalent. Dr Chipman noted that the first half of 2015 had seen renewed tensions in the South China Sea, with various claimant states engaging in large-scale land reclamation...
  • Chapter Two: The United States and challenges to Asia-Pacific security

    In the first plenary session, on the Dialogue’s Saturday morning, on ‘The United States and challenges to Asia-Pacific security’, US Secretary of Defense Dr Ashton Carter promoted the vision of a shared regional architecture in the Asia-Pacific region in which ‘all nations have the opportunity to rise and prosper’. The US rebalance toward Asia-Pacific is aimed at helping the region fulfil its promise, Carter said. The next phase of the...
  • Chapter Three: New forms of security collaboration in Asia

    In the second plenary session, on ‘New forms of security collaboration in Asia’, ministers from Japan, Indonesia and India offered their thoughts on threats to regional security and proposed new mechanisms for collaboration on dealing with them. Gen Nakatani, Japan’s Minister of Defense, said that although multilateral security cooperation in Asia was often seen as lagging behind Europe’s, the region had enjoyed peace since the end of the Cold War...
  • Chapter Four: Preventing conflict escalation

    Opening the third plenary session, on ‘Preventing conflict escalation’, Malaysian Minister of Defence Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said that the topic of discussion gave rise to both optimism and pessimism: optimism, because it suggested that it lay within our power to prevent conflict; pessimism, because it suggested conflicts were inevitable. Existing conflicts in the Middle East, Europe and Africa appeared not only to be unresolved but looked set to...
  • Chapter Five: Simultaneous special sessions

    Simultaneous special sessions Saturday 30 May 2015 Session 1 Armed forces and new terrorist threats Session 2 Energy security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region Session 3 Challenges for maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Session 4 Emerging challenges to small state security in the Asia-Pacific Session 5 Avoiding military competition and arms-racing in Asia
  • Chapter Seven: Strengthening regional order in the Asia-Pacific: towards more active conflict resolution and coopration

    The Sunday morning of the Dialogue opened with a speech on ‘Strengthening regional order in the Asia-Pacific: towards more active conflict resolution and cooperation’, from Admiral Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of General Staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army, who began by emphasising China’s commitment to peaceful development and international stability. He suggested, following China’s President Xi Jingping, ‘a community of shared destiny for all mankind’, which would promote peace and...
  • Chapter Eight: Global security challenges and the Asia-Pacific: building cooperation between regions

    Opening the final plenary session, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, told delegates that the EU is not an Asian or a Pacific power, but it has significant economic stakes and political partnerships in the region. Europe and Asia face common challenges to which only joint responses could be effective. She noted that more goods and...
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