Singapore, June 3: To attend a regional forum on North Korea's threats and other security challenges, South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-Koo reached in Singapore on Friday. The 16th Asia Security Summit also known as ‘Shanggri-La Dialogue’ opened on Friday night and will last for three days.
For the 16th Asia Security Summit, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and two dozen other Ministers from across the globe. This year during the forum, the Ministers will have a discussion on a series of North Korea's ballistic missile launches.
South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-Koo has already planned to exchange views on ways to address the North Korea issue and promote peace and stability, especially in Asia.
Before joining the opening of the forum, Han Min-Koo had bilateral talks with his Australian and Indonesian colleagues, Marise Payne and Ryamizard Ryacudu.
On Saturday Han Min-Koo will be having a bilateral talk with US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, where he will be discussing the pending alliance issues, apparently including the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system being installed in South Korea. It would be the first meeting Meanwhile, the launch of South Korea's profuse Moon Jae-in government dangerous of its precursor's decision on THAAD.
It is assumed that the US secretary on Saturday morning will deliver a speech at the first plenary session, where he may offer some details of the Trump administration's defense and security policy for the Asia-Pacific region.
According to officials, North Korea and the Trump administration's approach toward Asia will be the highlight in this year's Shanggri-La Dialogue.
South Korea's Ambassador to Singapore Lee Sang-deok said, “although the communist country has been absent from the forum launched in 2002, The North Korea issue is traditionally a top agenda item of the annual conference”.
After an era of Washington's ‘Asia rebalancing’ or ‘Asia pivot’ strategy under the Obama administration, China has been stepping up efforts to improve relations with Southeast Asian countries.
Lee Sang-deok pointed out that just as Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia is a spot for deep diplomatic rivalry between the US and China. As China has dispatched a military general as its chief delegate, it is expected to take a relatively low-key approach to the South China Sea issue in the upcoming event.
This year's forum will be attended by some 23 ministerial-level delegates and 12 chiefs of the defense force, as well as senior defense officials and academics from 40 countries and is organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a British think tank.