05 Feb '12, 9pm

US and China central to stability, progress in Asia: Ng Eng Hen - TODAYonline

SINGAPORE - The relationship between the United States and China is central to continuing stability and progress in Asia, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said at the 48th Munich Security Conference in Germany. Speaking at a panel discussion on Saturday on "America, Europe and the Rise of Asia", he noted that "for over 60 years, the US has provided the security that underpins the stability and remarkable economic progress that all countries from Asia-Pacific have enjoyed". With China now becoming the leading trading partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as Australia, Japan and South Korea, how the US and China relate with member states of North-east Asia and ASEAN will affect the regional dynamic, Dr Ng said. "Former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates says that the US is a resident power in Asia-Pacific and will continue to be so. Going forwar...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC120206-0000036/US...

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