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US and China at Shangri La Dialogue – Reiterating the Zero Sum Game?

The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2019 is a seminal event held each year which sees congregation of the strategic hoi polloi in the Asia Pacific or Indo Pacific as is more commonly known now. Each year there is a core theme and a speaker. In 2018, it was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who outlined India’s vision of an inclusive Indo Pacific with ASEAN centrality. The speech marked a second thaw in India China relations the first one being at the informal summit in Wuhan a few days earlier where Mr Modi and President Xi Jinping rebuilt a somewhat fractured relationship after the Doklam or Donglang (Chinese) standoff in 2017. This year it was the appearance of the Chinese Minister of Defence Gen. Wei Fenghe on 2 June, 2019 that was watched with much interest at the 18th iteration. Importantly China fielded a Defence Minister at the Shangri La Dialogue after eight years, the last appearance was by General Liang Guanglie in 2011. The US Secretary of Defence is a permanent plenary speaker at the event each year.......................

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