The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2021

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Shangri-La Dialogue on June 4-5 in Singapore is cancelled

IISS Shangri-La Dialogue

Cancellation of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue: Asia Security Summit

Singapore – 20th May 2021 – In light of the deteriorating global COVID-19 situation, the IISS must announce the cancellation of this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue. The summit was due to take place in Singapore on 4–5 June 2021.

Refer to IISS official Site for more information.


Singapore 18 January 2021 – “The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia Premier Defence Summit is taking place in Singapore this year ON 4-6 Jun 2021” announced by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in a Facebook post this evening.

“ The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue is Asia’s premier defence summit. It’s a unique meeting where ministers debate the region’s most pressing security challenges, engage in important bilateral talks and come up with fresh approaches together.”

Last year was the 1st time The Dialogue has been cancelled since its inception in 2002. The Dialogue was forced to be cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The IISS looks forward to convening the next Shangri-La Dialogue on 4–6 June 2021. The Dialogue will bring together leading policymakers, as well as thought leaders, drawn from across the Asia-Pacific, the United States, Europe and beyond, in Singapore to engage in vital defence diplomacy.

In a press release on Monday, the Ministry of Defence said that participants attending the meeting physically are required to abide by strict health and safety measures including daily pre-event antigen rapid testing for COVID-19.

Safe distancing, mask-wearing, temperature-taking, “cohorting” and regular disinfection of common areas are also being enforced, said MINDEF, adding that plexi-glass dividers have been deployed at conference and meal areas.


Press Release by IISS here.
Press Release by Mindef here.

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