‘Asian defence platforms must meet regional needs’

‘Asian defence platforms must meet regional needs’
Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence.

SINGAPORE- Meetings that bring Asian countries together to discuss security issues cannot be copied from elsewhere but must evolve to meet the interests of regional countries, said Second Defence Minister Chan Chun Sing.

Speaking at a defence exhibition in Brunei on Monday, Mr Chan said the security structures in this part of the world may not be similar to those elsewhere and they "should not be".

Such platforms must build trust, and pre-empt and resolve potential conflicts, said Mr Chan in his keynote speech at the fourth Brunei Darussalam International Defence Exhibition 2013, outlining three principles that underpin the development of an Asian security architecture.

He noted that unlike Europe, security structures in Asia are "less mature". However, the unique challenges of the region will require its structures to be evolved, rather than be copied, he said, adding that Asia's security architecture is a "work in progress".

Citing the ASEAN Regional Forum, East Asia Summit and the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM)-Plus, Mr Chan said these multilateral groupings complement each other to beef up the security environment here.

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