Defence Minister Holds Talks With US, ASEAN Counterparts In Singapore

Mattis meets his Chinese counterpart but no new agreements

As part of this, the navies of China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are set to hold their first joint drills, which will take place in the South China Sea.

Ng said the bloc's dialogue partners - Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and the United States - would be urged to adopt the guidelines at the Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting-Plus (ADDM-Plus) on Saturday.

But even with the existing guidelines, tensions remain, especially in the hotly contested South China Sea.

Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced the agreement at the annual Asean defence ministers' meeting in Singapore, which ends on Friday.

US officials may be alarmed that traditional allies and partners in Southeast Asia appear to be drawing closer to China, at a time when concern is already growing in Asia about American commitment to the region under US President Donald Trump.

Hoang Thi Ha, a political analyst with the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, said next week's exercises were aimed at "demonstrating that China and ASEAN are managing well their maritime problems".


Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday held a series of bilateral meetings with her counterparts from ASEAN nations and US Defence Secretary James Mattis on the sidelines of ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meet. Beijing, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines have staked claims over elements of the Spratlys, while Beijing, Taiwan and Vietnam dispute sovereignty over the Paracels.

Late on Thursday, Chinese state media reported that the country's defence minister had urged the U.S. to "walk with China" to maintain stability and peace in the disputed waters at a meeting with his American counterpart at the summit.

Beijing has cultivated a slew of military assets in strategic areas of the South China Sea for what it calls national defense purposes.

United States officials have long expressed dismay at China's construction of industrial outposts and military facilities on artificial islands in the South China Sea but have mostly reserved their reactions to verbal outbursts.

"The fact that he's meeting with Minister Wei is some evidence that the Chinese are interested in keeping things normal and stable as are we", US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver told reporters traveling with Mattis.

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