Monday, 26 June 2017

The famiLEE feud: Lee Hsien Yang & his wife in Hong Kong

Lee Hsien Yang flies to Hong Kong with wife

According to a HK01, an online publication from Hong Kong, Lee Hsien Yang flew into Hong Kong today with his wife, Mrs Lee Suet Fern.

He told reporters that he is in the Special Administrative Region of China to explore with friends, and refused to talk about his ongoing dispute with his brother, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

In a statement he issued with his sister 10 days ago denouncing his elder brother, Mr Lee said that he feels compelled to leave Singapore for the ‘foreseeable future’.

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HK Media: Lee Hsien Yang and Lim Suet Fern are in Hong Kong

The latest update today from Hong Kong’s paparazzos is that Lee Hsien Yang and wife Suet Fern have landed in Hong Kong.

Interesting choice of location, given our recent issues with Hong Kong’s sovereign lord.

So now that kind of answers if they will stick around to hear what Parliament will hear and say on 3rd July.

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Lee Hsien Yang is in Hong Kong: report

Lee Hsien Yang, who has been embroiled in a high-profile feud with his brother Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, is reportedly in Hong Kong.

Online publication HK01 reported that Hsien Yang and his wife Suet Fern landed at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday afternoon (25 June). At around 2.50pm, the couple emerged from customs by themselves but were not greeted by anyone.

Asked by reporters what he was doing in the territory, Hsien Yang replied that he was there to see friends, but would not comment on the ongoing Lee family feud. Asked when he intended to leave Hong Kong, he replied, “None of your business.”

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Lee Hsien Yang, estranged brother of Singapore PM, seen at Hong Kong airport

Lee Hsien Yang, the estranged brother of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, flew to Hong Kong over the weekend as a highly publicised family feud between the siblings continues to unfold in the city state.

Lee Hsien Yang and wife, Lim Suet Fern, boarded a Cathay Pacific flight and arrived at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday.

The purpose of their visit is unknown, but when approached by reporters, Lee, a former chief of the nation’s telecommunications giant Singtel, only said that he was “visiting friends”, according to online media outlet HK01.

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Lee Hsien Yang & his wife are now in Hong Kong

Lee Hsien Yang and his wife, Lee Suet Fern, flew to Hong Kong on Sunday, June 25, in the midst of the ongoing Lee family feud over the fate of the late Lee Kuan Yew’s house at 38 Oxley Road.

According to a Hong Kong media outlet, the couple arrived at Hong Kong International Airport today via a Thai Airways flight.

When asked, Hsien Yang was quoted telling Hong Kong media that he was there to visit a friend and declined to comment on his ongoing feud with his brother, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He also declined to tell reporters when he would be leaving Hong Kong.

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Hongkong media reports the arrival of Lee Hsien Yang and his wife at Hongkong international airport

Hongkong media, HK01 has reported that Mr Lee Hsien Yang and his wife, Mrs Lee Suet Fern arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday afternoon. According to the media outlet, Mr Lee said that he is visiting friends in Hong Kong but did not reply other questions.

Mr Lee, who is the son of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, has been in the news due to the allegations made against his brother, Lee Hsien Loong for abusing his position as Prime Minister for personal agenda. On 14 June, he and his sister, Dr Lee Weiling had issued a public statement expressing their non confidence in their brother and their worry about Singapore’s future in his hands.

“We are concerned that the system has few checks and balances to prevent the abuse of government. We feel big brother omnipresent. We fear the use of the organs of state against us and Hsien Yang’s wife, Suet Fern.” wrote the two in the published statement.

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Lee Hsien Yang spotted in Hong Kong along with his wife

Mr Lee Hsien Yang, who has been embroiled in a public feud with his brother, PM Lee Hsien Loong over their late father's house at 38, Oxley Road, was spotted in Hong Kong on Sunday (Jun 25) after taking a flight from Singapore.

Hong Kong media reported that Mr Lee Hsien Yang was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Lee Suet Fern, & that no one was at the airport to receive them.

He told Hong Kong media he was in the city to visit friends, & declined to comment on his dispute with PM Lee.

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Lee Hsien Yang and his wife are in HK now!

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李顯揚偕妻突來港稱探友 與李顯龍不和 曾言逃離新加坡
新加坡總理李顯龍弟弟李顯揚與妻子突然來港,他們乘坐的國泰航空航班編號CX736,在星期日下午約2時抵達香港國際機場。到2時50分,李顯揚步出接機大堂,當時身邊只得太太一人,沒有任何人隨同,亦沒有任何人接機。

《香港01》記者上前打招呼,李顯龍表示自己來港會友(to see friends),但他不肯回應與兄長李顯龍的糾紛。當記者問及何時離港時,他回答說:「與你們無關。」(none of your business)隨後,李顯揚即偕妻步往乘車方向,離開機場。

下周六(7月1日)正值香港回歸20周年,有指李顯揚此時來港,保安方面問題也會成為關注點之一。

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Four questions for Indranee Rajah on the ‘Oxley Dispute’

One of the points she raised was the manner in which the 7th Will was drafted. Indranee said “The concerns raised about the 7th Will can be found in the summary of Lee Hsien Loong’s Statutory Declarations. Essentially, they relate to whether the reinsertion of the Demolition Clause was brought to Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s attention and whether he was given sufficient time to review the Will.” Our questions for Indranee:
  • Well, probate was granted on the will. Essentially, probate refers to a legal process where a will is “proved” in a court and accepted as a valid public document that it is the true last testament of the deceased. PM Lee had the chance and right to contest the will but he did not. Surely the will could not have been that dodgy if PM Lee passed on the opportunity to question the will in court?
  • In any case, the validity of the will should be debated in court, not dissected publicly by an office holder on Facebook. If you are so sure about it, take it to court, lah. Look at the past record; if they knew that they had a sure-win case, they would have happily sued already.
  • I am also curious why Indranee only questioned the validity of the 7th Will. After all, she says “The Demolition Clause was in the 1st – 4th Wills. It was removed in the 5th and 6th Will.” So the radical switch happened from the 4th to 5th Will. Why was the Demolition Clause removed then? It also does not square with what Lee Kuan Yew has always maintained – he wants 38 Oxley Road to be demolished after his death. So perhaps the absence of the Demolition Cause in the 4th and 5th Wills deserves as much attention as its insertion into the 7th Will?
  • Indranee also implies that Lim Suet Fern could have been the lawyer that drafted the 7th Will. She said, “If the lawyer referred to… is Mrs Lee Suet Fern, then certain questions will arise. Under our law, the lawyer drafting a will is required to be independent. If the lawyer has an interest in the will, the lawyer must make sure the person making the will gets independent advice.” She added that, “As Mrs Lee Suet Fern is his wife, if she prepared the 7th Will then the question which will arise is what independent advice MM received?”
Now that is a very serious allegation to imply. I hope Indranee has some evidence to back this up. No one embroiled in this dispute has so far confirmed who was the lawyer that drafted the 7th Will. What we know for certain is that it was not Kwa Kim Li, managing partner of the Lee & Lee law firm.

This sounds like professional misconduct at the very least. If no independent advice was given to Lee Kuan Yew, and Lee Suet Fern drafted the 7th Will, this would have been a clear conflict of interest as Lee Suet Fern would have been a beneficiary of the 7th Will as she is married to Lee Hsien Yang.

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Indranee Rajah 23 June at 02:00

4 Things You Should Know about the Oxley Dispute

As Singaporeans we are all saddened by the Oxley dispute. I am particularly saddened because I looked after MM’s constituency in his final years and got to see at close quarters what a great man he was. I know how much this would have grieved MM and Mrs Lee.
People have expressed confusion about the things which have been said. Many are trying to make sense of it all.

The key to understanding this matter is first to get a handle on the issues and some important facts. Here are 4 things you should know about the Oxley dispute.
  • What does the 7th Will actually say?
  • Why does the government need to be involved in what happens to 38 Oxley Road?
  • What is PM's involvement in government deliberations on 38 Oxley Road?
  • Can we demolish the House now?

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Indranee Rajah Yesterday at 07:06

4 Further Things You Should Know About the Oxley Dispute

As I explained yesterday, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew did not simply insist his house be demolished once he was gone. First, he said his daughter Dr Lee Wei Ling should be allowed to live in the house for as long as she wished. This means that the question of demolition may not arise for many more years. Second, the late Mr Lee provided for the possibility of the government deciding to preserve the house, in which case he asked that the house not be opened to others except his descendants.

Today, I would like to look at the last Will - or the "7th Will". How did it come to be? Why is this in contention and what are the issues?
  • How many Wills did Mr Lee make and what's the difference between them?
  • What concerns have been raised about the 7th Will?
  • Why is this relevant from a government perspective?
  • Which Lawyer drafted the 7th Will?

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'An insult' to LKY to suggest he did not understand last will, Hsien Yang says to Indranee

It is "an insult to a great man" to suggest that the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew did not understand or know what was in his last will, his younger son Mr Lee Hsien Yang has said in response to fresh questions about the document at the heart of a public dispute over the house on 38 Oxley Road.

On Saturday (Jun 24) night, Senior Minister of State (Finance & Law) Indranee Rajah reiterated a poser first raised by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong: The identity of the lawyer who prepared Mr Lee Kuan Yew's Last Will, & the questions that would arise if it was Mrs Lee Suet Fern, given that the final will increased the share of the estate for her husband Mr Lee Hsien Yang.

Writing on Facebook, Ms Indranee questioned who Mr Lee Hsien Yang was referring to when he previously mentioned "we took what we understood to be the final version of the 2011 will, without realising that a gift over clause had been in the executed version of the 2011 will". A gift over clause in a will provides for the gift of property to a second recipient if a certain event occurs.

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An 'insult' to suggest Lee Kuan Yew did not understand his own will: Hsien Yang

It is “an insult to a great man” to suggest that the late Lee Kuan Yew did not understand his own will, said Lee Hsien Yang.

In his latest Facebook post on Saturday (24 June), the brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the PM “is now getting his ministers to repeat his insinuations that Lee Kuan Yew did not understand his own will”. It was an apparent reference to Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance Indranee Rajah’s Facebook post on the same day.

Hsien Yang, who is currently chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, said, “They argue that Lee Kuan Yew, a Cambridge-educated lawyer and sitting MP, signed his own will without knowing what was in it. They claim that he initialed beneath the demolition clause, without understanding what it meant in plain English.”

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Lee Hsien Yang: Don’t insult my father by saying he didn’t know what went into his last will

Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah, who is a Tanjong Pagar GRC MP, the late Lee Kuan Yew’s former running mate and senior counsel, has up the ante.

In a Facebook post on Saturday night, June 24, she asked some serious questions pertaining to who was the lawyer who prepared Lee Kuan Yew’s last will, highlighting the very real issue of a conflict of interests that could point to the heart of the Lee family feud.

In a rehash of a previously mentioned talking point, Indranee wrote that this was so as the only two lawyers that have been narrowed down who could have drafted the Last Will are:
  • Kwa Kim Li, who is the cousin of Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling
  • Lee Suet Fern, who is the wife of Lee Hsien Yang

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Hari Raya Aidilfitri Puasa 2017 confirm

Hari Raya Puasa

The festival of Eid, known in Singapore as Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Puasa, falls on the first day of Syawal, the 10th month of the Hijrah (Islamic) calendar. The Hijrah calendar is a lunar calendar and therefore the dates on which Hari Raya Puasa falls varies each year. It is a celebratory occasion following a month of fasting, which is known as Ramadan. Hari Raya is Malay for "grand day of rejoicing". In Singapore, it is the most prominent of all Muslim festivals.

The Fasting Month Of Ramadan - Ramadan falls on the 9th month of the Islamic year. Puasa is Malay for "fasting". Fasting in Islam means abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking and indulging in any form of behaviour that serves to nullify the fast. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and perform religious duties, such as reading the Quran.

Hari Raya Puasa marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. It is a time of forgiveness within the Muslim community and a time for strengthening of bonds amongst relatives and friends. New clothes, decorated houses and exchange of invitations between friends and relatives commemorate Hari Raya Puasa.

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Hari Raya Puasa

Hari Raya Puasa, or known to others as Aidil Fitri, is a very important religious day on the Muslim calendar. This Malay festival in Singapore is celebrated at the end of the Ramadan period, the month after fasting and alms giving for the Muslims. Hari Raya falls on the 10th month of the Muslim calendar, call the Hijrah calendar. With only 354 days and employs no significant leap year, the lunar-based Hijrah calendar can fall on any months of the solar calendar.

A visit to Geylang Serai Market or Kampong Glam is a good experience to have during this period, especially in the late afternoon when they come together to break fast.

The celebrations start with the birth of the new moon of Syawal - the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims would attend sessions of prayers in the mosque early in the morning. By noon, they will put on their best outfits and are ready to visit their friends and relatives for a thanksgiving feast.

Signifying the 'openness' of the heart and mind, Hari Raya Puasa in a multi-cultural country like Singapore is often celebrated with the practice of Muslims inviting their non-Muslim friends to join in the festivities.

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Hari Raya Puasa

Hari Raya Puasa is a very important occasion celebrated by all Muslims over the world. The words ‘Hari Raya’ mean 'day of celebration.' Hari Raya Puasa is often mistaken to be the Muslim New Year but it is not. It marks the end of the month of Ramadan.

Ramadan
Ramadan is the name of the one month fasting period when Muslims fast daily for a period of almost 12 hours from dawn till sunset. During the period of fasting, apart from eating and drinking Muslims are also forbidden from smoking and having sexual relations.

The sick are excused from fasting during this month. Muslims are also expected to avoid lying or cheating during Ramadan. The principal reason for the fasting during Ramadan is to remind Muslims of self-control and submitting to Allah, the holy one. Even young kids are taught to fast when they are young.

Preparations for the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast
In a country such as Singapore where there is a large number of Muslims, Hari Raya preparations are visible from about one month before the festival. Geylang Serai, the place where Muslims traditionally gather, is filled with large crowds during Ramadan. Bazaars are set up selling various festive items for Muslims.

At night the place is lit up with glittering lights. Most of the Muslims go here to buy the food to bring home to eat when they are allowed to break the fast.

Celebrations
During Ramadan. Women start to sew beautiful curtains and buy new clothes for the family. Some families also do renovation so that their home will look better when any guests visit it during the festival. After fulfilling their one-month of fasting, the Muslims are joyful to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa. On the morning of the festival, the Muslims wear their new clothes and go to the mosque to pray. They offer their thanks to God and after that they would ask for forgiveness from their elders.

They feel that asking forgiveness from their elders is an important ritual. On the day, they also visit their relatives and friends to celebrate the happy occasion. If you visit Muslims' homes on Hari Raya Puasa you can expect to taste a wide variety of delicious spicy dishes. Some favorite dishes that can be found in Muslims homes on this special occasion are ketupat, lontong, nasi padang and beef rendang. The Muslims also have the habit of giving packets of money to kids when they go visiting. The packets are usually be in green color and children often look forward to getting these money tokens on Hari Raya Puasa.

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Eid ul-Fitr 26 June 2017 Monday

The festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast breaking, marks the end of Ramadan.

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith and is sacred to Muslims as it was during this month that the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

As the date of Eid depends on the sighting of the moon, there may be variations in the exact date that is celebrated around the world. The announcing of the exact date of Eid may not happen until close to the start of Ramadan.

The table 'Who observes Eid ul-Fitr?' (see right) shows which day is start of Eid in each country covered by officeholidays.com that observes Eid. For a list of holidays per day over the period of Eid ul-Fitr, please check our full list of 2016 Eid al-Fitr holidays by day

Please click on a country name in the table to see the details of Eid holidays in that country.

Muslims celebrate Eid by saying prayers, giving money to the poor, sending Eid greetings and feasting with their families.

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Eid al-Fitr
عيد الفطرEid al-Fitr (ʻĪd al-Fiṭr)Feast of Breaking the Fast
Eid al-Fitr عيد الفطر (Feast of Breaking the Fast)

Arabic: عيد الفطر‎ ʻĪd al-Fiṭr, IPA: [ʕiːd al fitˤr], "festival of breaking of the fast", also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, the Sugar Feast, Bayram (Bajram), the Sweet festival and the Lesser Eid, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The religious Eid is a single day and Muslims are not permitted to fast that day. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.

The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. This is a day when Muslims around the world show a common goal of unity. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality.

However in most countries, it is generally celebrated on the same day as Saudi Arabia.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017

Think tank snub clouds India-Singapore ties

New Delhi pulled out of the strategic, annual Shangri-La Dialogue over ranking of Indian Minister.

A snub from Singapore’s annual Shangri-La dialogue led to India’s decision to withdraw its delegation led by Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre last week, officials have confirmed to The Hindu.

According to senior officials privy to the decision, organisers of the prestigious conference informed the government that the Indian Minister did not rank as highly as Pakistan’s Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, as “civil military relations in Pakistan are different from those in India.”

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India pulls out of Defence Dialogue threatening to sour “friendly ties between India and Singapore”

Just when the bilateral ties between China and Singapore have become a bit better, another incident has threatened to sour the “friendly ties between India and Singapore”.

This was reported by The Hindu on Sat (10 Jun),’Think tank snub clouds India-Singapore ties’. The Hindu is the second most circulated daily English-language mainstream newspaper in India, with average circulation of some 1.5 million.

It reported that the Indian delegation was pulled out of the recent Shangri-La Dialogue which was held early this month in Singapore over the ranking of Indian Minister. A perceived snub from the organizer of the event led to India’s decision to withdraw its entire delegation led by Indian Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, reported The Hindu. It has confirmed this with Indian officials.

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INDIA PULLED OUT OF SHANGRI-LA SECURITY DIALOGUE, SAYS TIES WITH SG SOURED BY INCIDENT

The Indian delegation to Singapore's annual Shangri-La Dialogue pulled out of the conference due to a snub over the ranking of an Indian minister, says a report from The Hindu.

According to the paper, the organizer, the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), had told the delegation led by Indian Minister Subhash Bhamre that he did not rank as highly as Pakistan's Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, because "civil military relations in Pakistan are different from those in India".

As a result, Mr Bhamre, who was representing India on behalf of Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, was only allowed to speak at a "plenary session" on the last day of the event, and not sit on one of the panels as the Pakistani General Hayat.

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India pulls out of Shangri La dialogue, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley caught up with work
While it is still unclear how the talks broke down, India pulled out of the conference at a short notice this week, after the minister was allegedly denied an appropriate speaking slot.

NEW DELHI: India has skipped Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore, which is addressed by top defence minipsters from across the world. Defence minister Arun Jaitley could not go due to work-related commitments.

While it is still unclear how the talks broke down, India pulled out of the conference at a short notice.

The annual conference will not have any Indian speaker unlike last year, when the defence minister had delivered an address on the country's security concerns.

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IISS team in Delhi to ease diplomatic tensions after India pulled out of Shangri-La Dialogue
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis poses for a picture with ASEAN defence leaders. Reuters
A team from the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), which runs the Asia's premier Shangri-La Dialogue, is in Delhi for damage control over the diplomatic faux pas post the Shangri-La Dialogue, reported The Hindu.

According to The Hindu, a senior fellow of the institute, Tim Huxley is in the capital to engage with key stakeholders in the Indian security establishment. He will be working closely with the Indian government to ensure that India is fully represented at next year's SLD.

This is following India's decision to withdraw from the dialogue after it was informed that the Minister Of State For Defence, Subhash Bhamre, who was filling in for Defense Minister Arun Jaitley, would only be accommodated at a "plenary session" on the last day of the three-day event and not on one of the main panels as Pakistan's Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, which turned out to be a deal-breaker for India, reported The Economic Times.

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A tale of two diplomatic snubs

A few days earlier, over 6,000 km away, the tiny state of Singapore hosted the 16th Asia Security Summit, June 2–4. Also known as the Shangri La Dialogue, this is a multilateral annual meeting of defence ministers and military affairs experts from the Asia-Pacific, North American and European countries.

India, which had planned to send a delegation led by Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, pulled out at the last minute as Bhamre was not given a speaking slot at the main plenary session, which was addressed by Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, US secretary of defence General (Retd) James Mattis and General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, chairman, joint chiefs of staff committee, Pakistan armed forces among others.

While Singapore regretted the error, the ‘damage’ as an Indian official was quoted as saying, ‘had been done’. While there’s no doubt that India’s decision to withdraw was correct, it also missed an opportunity to interact with senior statesmen and stakeholders gathered to discuss issues which impact Indian strategic interests in the region.

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China sent a smaller-than-usual delegation to the Shangri-La Dialogue, and it’s really not a big deal

The Shangri-La Dialogue is a once-a-year high-powered military summit that often sees high-ranking military officials from all over the world convene in Singapore, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Orange Grove Road.

The three-day event consists of panel sessions helmed by ministers, and senior military officials, as well as break-out groups for further discussion on issues pertinent to Asia-Pacific regional security.

Various countries’ delegations have also increasingly used the summit to meet and broker deals or agreements with other countries’ officials, so it can be said to be a fairly important part of an Asia-Pacific country’s military calendar.

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The Global Times: “Send lower level team to Shangri-la Dialogue next year”
Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong meeting with President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People on 26 August 2013 in Beijing. (Photo: Ministry of Communicatons and Information)

The Global Times has called on Beijing to send a lower level delegation to the Shangri-la Dialogue next year. Describing the security summit held yearly in Singapore since 2002 as a platform Singapore built for the US and Japan, the Chinese newspaper said in a June 11 editorial that China has no reason to show support for it.

China sent a delegation led by a Lieutenant General which the paper felt was “still a bit too high”. Pointing out that the country in recent years has sent fewer officials for training in Singapore, it saw it as another sign of the decreasing influence of the country over China.

Hence, it said, China needs to take a normal attitude toward Singapore swinging between the US and China.

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