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Antony to represent India at the Shangri-La dialogue

The failure of Indo-China talks at Coonoor has not deterred the two Asian giants from coming together yet again at its sixth edition, reports Rahul Singh.

delhi Updated: Apr 25, 2007 03:46 IST

Never mind, if the 10th round of border talks between India and China at Coonoor failed to make any real headway. That will hardly prevent the two Asian giants from coming together and analysing their roles in "building international stability" during the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore from June 1 to June 3.

Defence Minister AK Antony is expected to represent India at the sixth edition of the Dialogue, convened by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Acknowledged as a platform for the furtherance of defence and security diplomacy, the
Dialogue will be the biggest yet with around 25 countries taking part.

India should find the agenda of the dialogue particularly meaningful --- it encompasses some of New Delhi’s top-of-the-mind security concerns such as terrorism, securing regional waters and security cooperation in Asia with emphasis on managing alliances.

India will, of course, rake up at the event a broad spectrum of security-related issues including threats posed by terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, trafficking of arms and drugs and danger from non-state actors. It will make use of the Dialogue as a vehicle for advocating a regional as well as global approach for meeting new challenges.

The nations represented in Singapore will include the US, the UK, Japan, Germany, Canada, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Australia and New Zealand. This year, the Dialogue will also facilitate discussion on nuclear challenges, role of the US in Asia-Pacific security, new challenges for security sector reform and intervening in fragile states.

Antony will be making his maiden appearance abroad after taking the reins of the defence ministry last October.

First Published: Apr 25, 2007 03:43 IST