Singapore, as Asean chair, is hosting the 12th Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) and 5th ADMM-Plus meetings this week. The meetings are taking place at a time when the United States and China are locked in an escalating trade war.
Meanwhile, several countries have seen changes in their defence leadership and there may be more to come. Getting 18 defence ministers from small and large countries to come together at a common venue to discuss security cooperation initiatives is no mean feat. It underscores the point the ADMM and ADMM-Plus have become the platforms of choice for dialogue on regional security.