Shangri-La Dialogue

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis (fifth from left) poses with ASEAN defence leaders during the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies, Shangri-La Dialogue Summit in Singapore. Photo: AFP

For sake of stability, end finger-pointing

The threats from extremists require nations to be on good speaking terms and working together. Those realities are being partly disregarded by the United States and its allies in Asia as they attempt to make strategic gains against China.