US, China acknowledge contention but seek peace in Asia at Shangri-La Dialogue
"With the statements made by Secretary Gates and the Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, both the US and China are aware of their points of contention but also of the wider need to keep peace and remain engaged in Asia," says Simon Tay."There is a need and hope for ASEAN to play a central role in this. But the challenge to the group is to remain unified and put substance to the many dialogues that it hosts."
Professor Simon TAY is the Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He is a professor at the Law faculty and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore [bio].-------
US military presence in Asia
“The US military presence in Asia is welcomed, though it must increasingly play, and be seen to be, the benign arbiter to the region’s fault lines, and move away from being a counterbalance or countervailing force to the region’s rising powers," says Collin Tseng-Liu. "This can only be demonstrated by US impartiality and objectivity to issues arising in Asia. This approach may cause the US short-term fallout with its traditional allies but if all major Asian powers see US intentions and its presence as inherently helpful over time, it would mark a shift in US-Asia relations and benefit all parties tremendously in the long-run.”
Mr. Collin Tseng-Liu is a Council Member of the SIIA.