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Chinese admiral expects Singapore to guide Shangri-la Dialogue toward conflict resolution process

by June 3, 2016 General

SINGAPORE, June 3 (Xinhua) — A high-ranking Chinese military official said here on Friday that he expects host country Singapore to properly guide the process of the ongoing Shangri-la Dialogue, making it conducive to conflict resolution and regional peace and stability.

When meeting with Singapore’s Minister of Defense Ng Eng Hen on the sidelines of the Shangri-la Dialogue, Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department of China’s Central Military Commission, said China attaches great importance to China-Singapore relations and hopes to deepen cooperation in all sectors including defense.

Sun expressed the wishes that host Singapore would properly direct the dialogue progress, in an effort to decrease conflicts, boost cooperation and help stabilize regional security.

The Singaporean defense chief, during his talk with Sun, hailed the Singapore-China relations as in a smooth development run, which sees fruitful cooperation in various sectors.

He said Singapore takes an objective stance in international and regional cooperation, with no purpose to harm any side.

He expressed the wishes for concerned parties to exchange views and enhance understanding on matters including the South China Sea issue at the dialogue.

Sun, on the sidelines of the dialogue, met on Friday with defense ministers, military chiefs and high-ranking defense officials from countries including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Russia and Brunei.