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Nations need leaders who value benefits in cooperation: Chan Chun Sing

They don't bow to pressure at home at expense of peace

Published on Feb 11, 2014 8:23 AM
Second Defence Minister Chan Chun Sing speaking at the Asia-Pacific Security Conference on Feb 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO 

Countries need wise and strong leaders who appreciate that there is more to gain through cooperation than conflict, said Second Defence Minister Chan Chun Sing.

These leaders should also have the courage not to succumb to domestic pressures fuelled by nationalist sentiments at the expense of regional peace, or hold the notion that "might is right".

To steer away from conflict, Mr Chan urged military and defence professionals to back political efforts by cooperating with their partners "to build trust and work towards common goals".

Mr Chan was addressing more than 280 military officials and defence analysts at the Asia-Pacific Security Conference yesterday, ahead of the Singapore Airshow which starts today.

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