The Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) kicks off this weekend with a series of expected highlights, from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's keynote address to another round of anticipated US-China barb trading amid Beijing's continued militarisation of the South China Sea. But amid all of this will be the long shadow cast by North Korea on Asian security.
The recent speculation surrounding the summit involving US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, initially scheduled for just over a week after the SLD, all but guarantees that North Korea will be a hot topic in both public and private conversations throughout the proceedings, in addition to the formal plenary session devoted to the subject.
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