31 May '12, 11pm

Biggest turnout so far for Shangri-La Dialogue says @STcom #IISS_Asia

Biggest turnout so far for Shangri-La Dialogue says @STcom #IISS_Asia

As part of stepped-up security, metal detectors were put into place ahead of the three-day Shangri-La Dialogue opening today. Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie is notably absent, whereas the US has sent a high-powered team to the event. -- PHOTO: JOSEPH NAIR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES By Jermyn Chow, Defence Correspondent China is likely to figure prominently in the discussions at the Shangri-La Dialogue opening on Friday, but its Defence Minister Liang Guanglie has decided to give the three-day summit a miss. Instead, Beijing has sent Lieutenant-General Ren Haiquan, the deputy commandant of the Academy of Military Science, as the leader of the Chinese delegation. He will be among the 351 delegates - defence ministers, top military officials and analysts - from 27 countries gathered here for the annual event, known formally as the Asia Security Summit. This year's event w...

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