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The Shangri-La Dialogue was held in Singapore on June 10-12 for the first time after a two-year break and has become a significant event in international politics. This Asian Security Forum is attended by more than 20 countries of the Asia-Pacific region. However, the American and Chinese delegations, as well as their headings, defense ministers Lloyd Austin and Wei Fenghe respectively, attracted the greatest interest. The parties exchanged polemical blows regarding their attitude to the events in Ukraine, as well as to the flaring crisis around Taiwan.


While the situation around Ukraine keeps aggravating, the international community is monitoring closely the development of Russian-Chinese relations. Before paying an official visit to Chinese leader Xi Jinping, President Vladimir Putin published an article “Russia and China: a strategic partnership oriented towards the future”. In the article, the Russian leader notes that the two countries are “close neighbors bound by centuries-old traditions of friendship and trust. And we highly appreciate that entering a new era the Russian-Chinese relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation have reached an unprecedented level, becoming a model of efficiency, responsibility, and aspiration for the future.”


“The security situation in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen witnessed a noticeable deterioration and has negatively influenced the regional security climate. I expect further decrease in the level of security in these countries caused by weak central governments and the mounting role being played by extremist forces”, - Chairman and Founder of the Gulf Research Center Abdulaziz Sager.  


"The balance of relations in the Hanoi-Beijing-Moscow triangle should be preserved in the development of the Russian policy in the region. One of the global tasks here may be a gradual movement towards the reconciliation of China and Vietnam (in principle this process is already happening as we speak). This process may serve as a basis for a new political union, which is potentially very promising for Russia from both political and economic perspectives" — Dmitry Mosyakov, Director of the Centre for South East Asia, Australia and Oceania, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


“It is almost a truism for the publications on the South China Sea that Beijing is a typical rising power, and therefore, it is predisposed to undermine the existing balance of forces. Such a statement points out at who is to be blamed for the growing tensions. Given the fact that over the last few decades, China has been successfully developing in the framework of the existing status quo in East Asia (which includes the US "stabilizing presence" in the region), PRC is not  interested at all in rocking the boat” – Victor Sumsky, PIR Center Advisory Board member and the Director of the ASEAN Center at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).


“In August we witnessed a sharp deterioration in Indo-Pakistani relations. On the border of India and Pakistan along the Line of Control in Kashmir took place skirmishes resulting in dead and wounded. Then, it was reported that Islamabad would withdraw from talks on TAPI gas pipeline (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India). How reliable is this information is not clear yet. From the objective point of view it is very beneficial for Pakistan to be a part of this pipeline”, – Vice President at the Observer Research Foundation Nandan Unnikrishnan.


“Chinese frontier troops crossed the border of India, pushed deep into the sector Daulat Beg Oldie in Ladakh region of Kashmir in the Himalayas and organized camp there. Delhi considers this territory its property. But Beijing denied that its troops had entered the Indian territory. Due to the lack of precise delineation of this sector of the Sino-Indian border disputes between these countries had previously occurred in the past. But it is the first time when China's military crossed the border and in fact settled on foreign territory”, - Vice President, Observer Research Foundation, Nandan Unnikrishnan.


“China is active in providing space services and the creation of satellites for developing countries, even those as large as Brazil. And this is a clear application for serious foreign capital in space affairs, which the Chinese themselves do not conceal», - PIR Center expert Pavel Luzin.


“Increasing the size of the Chinese nuclear arsenal at a moderate pace while at the same time improving its performance characteristics would be an adequate response to the development of anti-missile systems in the Asia-Pacific region; it would also be in line with China's no-first-use policy. Nevertheless, unless the American missile defense system in Asia is dismantled, or unless some path to U.S.–Chinese cooperation on missile defense is found, Beijing will not join the nuclear disarmament process”, – Alexander Kolbin, Executive Assistant to the PIR Center President.