In a statement organizers of the Shangri-La Dialogue Asian security summit, which is scheduled to be held in Singapore next month said, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be attending the security summit. The annual meeting was cancelled in 2020 midst the Wuhan Coronavirus-induced COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s meeting, being arranged by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), is scheduled to take place from June 4 to June 5.
“It marks the Secretary’s first trip to Southeast Asia, and as well as delivering his on-the-record speech, he will also conduct bilateral and multilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit,” said IISS in a statement.
The Shangri-La Dialogue has attracted top level diplomats, military officials, and weapons makers from around the globe since its launch in 2002.
Earlier this week, in his first significant policy speech, Austin said the United States needs to prepare for a potential future conflict bearing little resemblance to “the old wars” that have long consumed the Pentagon. He also called on nations for harnessing technological advances and better integrating military operations globally to “understand faster, decide faster and act faster.”
Incidentally, Singapore is aiming to host the World Economic Forum’s summit in August after it was relocated from its usual venue in the Swiss ski resort of Davos over COVID-19 safety concerns.