Shangri-La Dialogue - mission uninterrupted

Despite the second Covid-induced disruption, the forum remains a vital regional security platform, especially with the intensifying Sino-US rivalry.

The first plenary session of the 18th Shangri-La Dialogue in 2019. To its credit, the dialogue this year had, by the time of cancellation last week, already assembled a stellar list of participants. ST FILE PHOTO

The high ceiling of the lobby lounge at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is a place where one can chill over afternoon tea on the plush sofas or, if one prefers, have a serious discussion about China's role in the world.

After the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia's premier defence summit, I had the privilege of talking to retired People's Liberation Army (PLA) Major-General Yao Yunzhu.

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