Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers the keynote speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday. Photo: Xinhua

Shangri-La Dialogue: as US and China clash, is it time for Asia’s smaller nations to choose a side?

  • Many fear decoupling of American and Chinese economies will soon mean having to choose between the two powerhouses and their different sets of rules
  • Analysts point to the Maldives and the Solomon Islands as case studies in how small nations can become flashpoints for great power rivalry
Topic |   Shangri-La Dialogue

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Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers the keynote speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday. Photo: Xinhua
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Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan meets Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Friday. Photo: AP

Chinese defence chief warns US not to underestimate Beijing on Taiwan during Singapore security forum

  • Wei Fenghe meets US counterpart Patrick Shanahan on sidelines of regional security forum in Singapore, with both sides describing talks as ‘constructive’
  • They also discussed North Korea, reaffirming their commitment to denuclearisation and stability on the Korean peninsula
Topic |   US-China relations

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Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan meets Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Friday. Photo: AP
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