9th Asian Security Summit, Shangri-La Dialogue - Singapore

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    The 9th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue will take place from 4 - 6 June 2010.

    Initiated in 2002 in response to the clear need for a forum where the Asia-Pacific’s defence ministers could engage in dialogue aimed at building confidence and fostering practical security cooperation, the IISS Asia Security Summit – or Shangri-La Dialogue as it has come to be known – has established itself as a key element of the emerging regional security architecture. It is the most important regular gathering of defence professionals in the region and has become a vital annual fixture in the diaries of Asia-Pacific defence ministers and their civilian and military chiefs of staff. By catering for their specific interests and needs, and by facilitating easy communication and fruitful contact among them, the Shangri-La Dialogue has helped to engender a sense of community among the most important policy-makers in the defence and security establishments of regional states and of major powers with significant stakes in Asia-Pacific security.

    The Dialogue’s format, agenda, and cohort of delegates have evolved incrementally. The IISS soon modified the Dialogue’s structure – originally based simply on plenary sessions – to permit several simultaneous break-out groups during one half-day of the summit, allowing in-depth discussion of a greater variety of critical regional security topics. After several years, we established the principle that all speaking slots in plenary sessions and break-out groups would be allocated to ministers, other senior official delegates or distinguished legislators with strong defence credentials.

    Because the states of the Asia-Pacific, an extraordinarily large and diverse region encompassing the majority of the world’s population, face an extremely wide range of defence and security challenges, and their responses to

    intentionally formulated a wide-ranging agenda for the Shangri-La Dialogue each year. But we have also ensured that each year the Dialogue’s agenda has recognised emerging as well as established regional security concerns.

    At an early stage, the IISS strengthened official participation in the Shangri-La Dialogue by inviting chiefs of defence staff and permanent heads of defence ministries as well as ministers. Additional states within the region and, in one case, from outside the region were invited to participate. After the 2006 summit, the IISS set itself the target of ensuring participation at the highest level from the very few regional states that had not hitherto sent ministerial-level delegates. The IISS, together with participant states, particularly felt China’s under-representation needed to be rectified. In 2007, long-standing IISS efforts to encourage appropriate Chinese participation bore fruit when Lieutenant-General Zhang Qinsheng, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army (with vice-ministerial status) led Beijing’s delegation.

    Debate at the Dialogue has become increasingly open and fruitful, and there is tangible evidence that it has advanced substantive cooperation on vital security issues. In the maritime security sphere, for example, discussions at the Dialogue led to a consensus on common principles relating to the roles of littoral states and concerned non-Southeast Asian powers in relation to the Malacca Strait. Over time, official delegations have made increasingly intensive and effective use of the Dialogue as a venue for bilateral and multilateral meetings with security partners. While the precise content of these private meetings has usually remained confidential, they have sometimes resulted in publicised understandings on defence and security cooperation.
     
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    Defense Secretary Robert Gates Seeks Help at Asia Security Summit

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates had five meetings with U.S. partners at the ‘Shangri-La Dialogue’, the annual Asia security summit.

    According to the press release, Gates requested the five countries to assist in the efforts to train the Afghanistan’s security forces. It was his hope that the meetings would strengthen the relationships between the U.S. military with those of the countries involved in the summit.

    In regards to his first meeting with Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Gates said, “I commended their defense reforms in recent years and the way those reforms have enabled broadening of defense cooperation and engagement.” He added that their support would be a symbolic victory due to their Islamic democracy.

    Gates then met with New Zealand Defense Minister Wayne Mapp and India’s national security advisor, Shiv Shankar Menon.

    In regards to U.S. relations with India, Gates saw “tremendous improvement in relations and opportunities for cooperation.” They also discussed defense trades, foundational agreements and the need for export controls for both the U.S. and India.

    Gates also met with Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh. Gates expressed gratitude for Thanh’s consideration of U.S. servicemembers missing in action and received an invitation to attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations defense ministers meeting in Hanoi in October.

    He ended the day with his meeting with with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae Young.

    Gates reaffirmed the U.S.’s forward support. “I did say that I thought that we should ensure that our coordinated response should accomplish two objectives,” he said. “The first was to reassure the public in the Republic of Korea that our alliance will effectively ensure their security; and second, that our coordinated response enables our initiatives to enhance our capabilities to deter and, if necessary, respond to any further provocation.”

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