SINGAPORE: Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen said there’s a need for stronger cooperation between the US and China to ensure global stability.
Dr Ng pointed out that the US—China bilateral relationship must widen areas of mutual interest.
Speaking at a security conference in Munich, Dr Ng said dialogue between the US and China has made progress, but needs to be improved.
There also needs to be practical outcomes in the field of trade, cultural exchanges, people—to—people interactions and military collaboration.
For security, Dr Ng suggested the US and China can build confidence and capacity in multilateral settings.
He cited the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting as an example of a platform to accommodate resident and rising powers. In addition, Dr Ng stressed the importance of effective global governance in tackling modern—day transnational issues.
Dr Ng also spoke at the Munich Young Leaders Round Table.
The Round Table brings together young leaders from governments, think—tanks and the private sector to discuss issues related to foreign and security policy.
While in Munich, Dr Ng also met his counterpart Thomas de Maizire.
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