In an interview with the media after the session, Dr. Ng also asked if there was a possibility that China would send low-level delegations or even stop participating in the Shangri-La dialogue altogether in the future.
“The value really has to be for everyone if they end up feeling better off than not,” he said.
Again referring to China Xiangshan Forum, which he last attended in 2019, described Dr. Ng as “very systematic”.
“It’s useful but I’ll be honest and I’ve told my host when I go there, sometimes you want a little more sharing because you feel like something isn’t being said or something is just being said out of politeness, it’s a Chinese culture.” he said.
“You’re just saying it out of politeness, but after you leave my door you whisper something and then I don’t know how you feel.“
However, he said the forum “helped other countries understand China a little better.”
dr Ng last attended Xiangshan Forum in 2019.
The Shangri-La dialogue returned over the weekend after a two-year hiatus.
Representatives from 42 countries attended, including 37 ministerial-level delegates and more than 30 senior defense officials.
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