China’s Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of the Shangri-la Dialogue summit in Singapore in 2019. Photo: AP
China’s Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of the Shangri-la Dialogue summit in Singapore in 2019. Photo: AP

Explainer |
US-China fireworks, Kishida speech, Singapore’s role: key things to know as the Shangri-La Dialogue returns

  • The defence meeting, which began in 2002, is up and running again, in person, for the 19th time after a two-year pause because of the pandemic
  • The event now plays a key role in Asia’s security landscape, with more than 40 countries involved; China’s Defence Minister, General Wei Fenghe, is among those due to give a talk to participants this year