The Shangri-La Dialogue wrapped up with a challenging and timely topic: terrorism. Following the extremist attacks in Manchester and London, Asia is on guard.
While the countries at the security forum may not always see eye-to-eye, they agreed on this issue and that cooperation is crucial.
CGTN’s Miro Lu reports from Singapore.
Asian states may not agree on things like the U.S. engagement or China’s activities in the South China Sea. However, the commitment on joining hands to fight terrorism is unyielding.
Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will launch joint patrols in waters of the Sulu Sea this month. Indonesia’s Minister of Defense said terrorism threat in this region has evolved into “unprecedented immediate level of emergency.”
As a country that has the world’s largest Muslim population of about 200 million, Indonesia is working on strengthening the mindset of its people, echoing Malaysia’s strategy of winning the “war of ideas.”
During the security summit, Singapore defense minister hosted round table meetings with 22 visiting ministers, emphasizing the need for a greater collaboration in fighting terrorism.