Defense ministers and military officials from 22 countries, including the United States and Japan, will gather in Singapore this weekend to address security concerns in the region.
A three-day forum organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a leading politico-military think tank based in London, opens Friday evening with a keynote speech by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
The fifth in a series since 2002, the Asia security dialogue, better known as the "Shangri-La Dialogue" after the hotel in Singapore where it is held, is the biggest gathering of defense ministers in the region.
The ministers not only give speeches but also engage in bilateral talks.
Friday, June 02, 2006