Defense officials from Asia, the West to discuss security at Shangri-La Dialogue

Defense officials from Asian and Western countries are set to hold meetings in Singapore on Friday.

The three-day Shangri-La Dialogue will bring together US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chinese Defense Minister Dong Jun and Japanese Defense Minister Kihara Minoru, among other officials.

The officials are expected to discuss security issues in Asia, including Taiwan, the South China Sea and North Korea. They are also likely to exchange opinions on the situation in Ukraine.

A session will be held to discuss coast guard cooperation in the South China Sea and other waters, to be attended by the coast guards of the United States and the Philippines. The Japan Coast Guard has been invited to take part for the first time.

Bilateral meetings will be held between the defense officials of various countries. The defense ministers of China and Singapore made a head start on Thursday.

The defense chiefs of the US and China will be meeting in person for the first time since November 2022. The focus is on whether the face-to-face talks will lead to an easing of tensions as the two countries remain at odds over Taiwan and the South China Sea.

A trilateral meeting of the defense chiefs of Japan, the US and South Korea is also scheduled. They will discuss security cooperation regarding the situation in North Korea.