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Letter from Singapore

The world’s key defence players were in town recently, with China centre-stage

By Trefor Moss

A squad of Chinese military officers battles its way through the marbled lobby of Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel. In the midst of the formation is General Liang Guanglie, China’s defence minister. As the Chinese delegation at the Shangri-La Dialogue conference clears a path through the crowded hall, the US defence secretary, Robert Gates, approaches from a different direction, manoeuvred towards his bilateral meeting with General Liang…



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