Young strategists worry over US foreign policy and South China Sea issues

Young leaders attending the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue (clockwise from top left): Brendan Thomas-Noone, Hoo Chiew Ping, Tuan Anh Luc, Jeffrey Ordaniel and Shawn Ho.
Young leaders attending the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue (clockwise from top left): Brendan Thomas-Noone, Hoo Chiew Ping, Tuan Anh Luc, Jeffrey Ordaniel and Shawn Ho.PHOTOS: COURTESY OF BRENDAN THOMAS-NOONE, COURTESY OF HOO CHIEW PING, COURTESY OF TUAN ANH LUC, COURTESY OF JEFFREY ORDANIEL, COURTESY OF SHAWN HO

Young leaders attending the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue this year seem to have similar geo-political concerns as their seniors, in an indication that current security threats will likely persist for years.

Some of the 40 young strategists taking part in the South-east Asian Young Leaders' Programme at the dialogue listed China's growing assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea, America's spontaneous foreign policy initiatives and tensions on the Korean peninsula among their top concerns.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2018, with the headline 'Young strategists worry over US foreign policy and S. China Sea issues'. Print Edition | Subscribe