Asia's militaries encouraged to step up cooperation

Asia's militaries encouraged to step up cooperation

SINGAPORE - Asia's political challenge is to "ensure that the circles of aspirations and ambitions of individual countries intersect as widely as possible to protect the global commons of peace and stability", said Singapore's Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen.

He was speaking at the Fifth Plenary of the 13th Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) on Sunday about "Ensuring Agile Conflict Management in the Asia-Pacific", alongside French Minister for Defence and Veterans Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian.

In his speech, Dr Ng said that to ensure agile conflict management, Asia needs to build more "resilient mechanisms to forge consensus and political will", as well as strengthen existing multilateral frameworks and step up practical cooperation between militaries to forge mutual trust and understanding.

Dr Ng also met with China's 12th National People's Congress Foreign Affairs Committee Chairperson Fu Ying and Mr Le Drian separately on the sidelines of the SLD on Sunday. Mr Le Drian and Mdm Fu Ying had also separately called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday and Saturday respectively.

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