SINGAPORE - Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen is in Germany to attend the 50th Munich Security Conference (MSC), an annual high-level security conference attended by defence leaders and officials from around the world.
The conference, held from Jan 31 to Feb 2, centred on the discussion of various issues including ongoing security developments in Syria, Iran and the Middle East; the impact of global powers on regional stability; the changing geopolitical relationship between Europe, the US and Asia; the future of European defence; and emerging areas with implications to international security, including cybersecurity.
As part of his programme, Dr Ng spoke at the 6th Munich Young Leaders Round Table on Security Policy earlier today on the topic of "Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific: Perils and Prospects".
Speaking to young leaders from governments, think-tanks and the private sector, Dr Ng stressed the need for strategic trust to ensure Asia's security amid rapid and deep changes. He also suggested three elements to build this trust: positive engagement, dialogue leading to practical cooperation; and political will and leadership.
Dr Ng said: "these three elements form the basis for an inclusive and robust regional security architecture."
The Minister also held bilateral meetings with a number of leaders, including Indian National Security Advisor, Shivshankar Menon, Italian Minister of Defence Mario Mauro and UK Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond.
He also attended a standing luncheon hosted by the German Minister of Defence Dr Ursula von der Leyen. Dr Ng will be meeting Chinese Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress Fu Ying later today.