As tensions rise, China’s delegates are likely to keep a low profile at the Shangri-La Dialogue
- Defence chief General Wei Fenghe is leading group of active senior military officers, retired officials and diplomats at the regional security summit
- He will make a keynote address, but active PLA officers will not make formal speeches or join plenary sessions as they have in previous years
Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe is leading the delegation, which numbers over 50 and includes about a dozen active senior military officers focused on international relations, as well as retired senior officials and diplomats.
Among them is Cui Tiankai, who was China’s ambassador to the United States from 2013 to 2021. Top military brass include Lieutenant General Zhang Zhenzhong, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department in the Central Military Commission, and Lieutenant General He Lei, former deputy director of the PLA Academy of Military Science.
Ahead of the security meeting, China’s official media has been given strict instructions to avoid covering sensitive and controversial issues, and to be careful about social media posts related to China-US competition.
Strict pandemic controls are also in place for the Chinese delegation and media. “All of us need to quarantine for three weeks when we return to Beijing under the zero-Covid policy,” one of the delegates told the South China Morning Post.