The ministers at the Shangri-La Dialogue - held on 4-6 June 2010 - discussed the importance of deepening regional ties. Military ties between US and China, sinking of a South Korean corvette that killed 46 people, Five Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA), were the key issues on the second day of the Asian Security Summit.
A day after South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak declared that his country had referred the March 26 sinking of its corvettes by North Korea to the United Nations Security Council, more voices of concerns were heard over North Korea's actions. In reaction to this, US Defence Secretary, Robert gates said “"We will conduct combined military exercises with South Korea and support action in the United Nations Security Council. At the same time, we are assessing additional options to hold North Korea accountable.”
"The nations of this region share the task of addressing these dangerous provocations. Inaction would amount to an abdication of our collective responsibility to protect the peace and reinforce stability in Asia” said Secretary Gates.
Also discussed and observed was the 40th anniversary of the FPDA and its contribution to security and stability in the region. Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean said "FPDA has also been a remarkably flexible organisation because of its consultative nature. It has been able to adapt well to the times.” Ministers of the FPDA countries said it is a successful model to build on.
Mr Teo added that Vietnam’s Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh will give a briefing on the ASEAN Defence Ministerial Meeting [Plus Eight] that was held last month in Hanoi.
"It is also gratifying to know that several of the ministers - both in the plenary sessions today, as well as at lunch - welcomed the ADMM+8 as a suitable architecture to help to develop security in our region” said Mr. Teo.
Ministers at Shangri-La Dialogue discuss importance of deepening regional ties [Channel News Asia, 5 June 2010]
US, China and North Korea star in security dialogue [ABS-CBN news, 6 June 2010]