Friday, May 29, 2009

PACOM Commander Joins Defense Leaders at Shangri-La Dialogue

Senior defense officials and leaders from throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Adm. Timothy Keating, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, have gathered in Singapore May 29-31 for the eighth annual Asian Security Summit.

The “Shangri-La Dialogue” as it is better known, provides a forum for bilateral meetings between defense ministers and officials, as well as a number of plenary sessions, covering a variety of topics such as “U.S. Security Role in the Asia Pacific,” and “The Major Powers and Asian Security: Cooperation or Conflict?”

According to the event’s website, 27 countries have been invited to participate. The keynote address will be delivered by Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

During the event, Adm. Keating is meeting individually with several defense chiefs and senior military leaders from nations throughout the region, including New Zealand, Australia, India, Japan and the Philippines.

Forums such as the Shangri-la Dialogue play an important role in bringing leaders together to discuss and debate security issues of mutual concern, strengthen and expand relationships with allies and partners, and provide opportunities for increasing understanding -- and cooperation -- between participants.

Singapore (May 29, 2009) – Adm. Timothy J. Keating, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, and Lt. Gen. Rodrigo Maclang, Vice Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines, pose following a a bilateral discussion during the Asian Security Summit.

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