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U.S. Defense Secretary Discusses Network Security Actions For Asia-Pacific

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Carter Outlines ‘Principled Network Security’ Actions for Asia-Pacific







WASHINGTON, June 4, 2016 — Defense Secretary Ash Carter today outlined a vision for principled, networked security in the Asia-Pacific during remarks at the 15th annual International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue, a major forum which draws regional and world leaders to Singapore.

“Miracle after miracle has occurred here,” Carter told his audience in prepared remarks. “Japan, then Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Southeast Asia rose and prospered, and now, China and India are rising and prospering.”

Many share credit for that regional prosperity, the secretary said: citizens and statesmen, as well as “incomparable investments” by the United States.

“It is also to the credit of shared principles — principles that have long been accepted and collectively upheld,” he added.

Challenges to Stability

Most of the change over recent decades has been positive, Carter said, with “country after country … seeking to play a greater role in regional affairs.” But, he noted, “Tensions in the South China Sea, North Korea’s continued nuclear and missile provocations, and the dangers of violent extremism felt worldwide, pose challenges to the region’s stability and prosperity.”

By working together, he said, regional leaders and militaries “can continue to build a principled security network that will enable additional waves of miracles and human progress and ensure regional stability and prosperity for years to come.”

Weaving a Security Network

The secretary referenced remarks he made at last year’s dialogue to note progress made since.

“If we continue to cooperate on security, I posited, we would one day be discussing a U.S.-China-India multilateral maritime exercise, a Japan-Republic of Korea joint disaster response in the South China Sea, and an [Association of Southeast Asian Nations]-wide security network,” Carter said. “Over the last year, we’ve made progress toward that vision.”

China and India will both participate once again in the U.S.-hosted RIMPAC naval exercise this summer, he noted, while Japan and South Korea are “engaging with each other in new ways.”

Carter noted that along with the ASEAN-centered security network developing in Southeast Asia, “nations across the entire Asia-Pacific are increasingly working together — and networking security together.”

Freedoms for Every Country

“By doing so, our nations are making a choice for a principled and inclusive future, one as bright and miraculous as our recent past,” the secretary said. “A future, where every country — no matter how big or small — is free to make its own political, economic, and military choices free from coercion and intimidation.”

As the Asia-Pacific region becomes more interconnected politically and economically, the region’s militaries are also coming together in new ways to uphold security and stability, he said, adding, “And these connections are now helping our countries plan together, exercise and train together, and operate together, more effectively and efficiently than ever before.”

The security network “weaves everyone’s relationships together — bilateral, trilateral, and multilateral — to help all of us do more, over greater distances, with greater economy of effort,” Carter said. “It enables us to take coordinated action to respond to contingencies like humanitarian crises and disasters; to meet common challenges, such as terrorism; and to ensure the security of and equal access to the global and regional commons, including vital waterways.”

Committed to “Next Wave’ in Security

That principled network, he said, “represents the next wave in Asia-Pacific security.”

The United States is fully committed to a principled security network “and to the Asia-Pacific’s principled future,” Carter said. “That’s because this region, which is home to nearly half the world’s population and nearly half the global economy, remains the most consequential for America’s own security and prosperity. … America’s approach to the Asia-Pacific remains one of commitment, strength, and inclusion.”

{Source: U.S. Department of Defense-Media Relations-By Karen Parrish,DoD News, Defense Media Activity}

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Background Notes: International Institute for Strategic Studies

The IISS was founded in the UK in 1958 with a focus on nuclear deterrence and arms control. Today, it is also renowned for its annual Military Balance assessment of countries’ armed forces and for its high-powered security summits, including the Shangri-La Dialogue.

Promoting sound policies

A registered charity headquartered in London, the IISS also has offices in WashingtonSingaporeand Manama, Bahrain. The IISS is a non-partisan organisation, independent of government and other bodies. Its mission is to promote the adoption of sound policies to further global peace and security and maintain civilised international relations.

Research and consultancy

Research is central to IISS activities. The institute’s programmes are divided by global region and according to policy themes (from non-proliferation, transnational threats and geo-economics to climate change and security). IISS experts deliver impartial, rigorous analysis. They are drawn from all over the world, and include established world-class strategists as well as the brightest young analysts. The institute’s corporate advisory arm offers strategic advice and political-risk analysis to commercial and government clients.


Besides The Military Balance, the definitive reference source on the world’s armed forces, IISSpublications include:

Summits and other events

Heads of state, foreign and defence ministers, high-level diplomats and officials attend IISS security summits for the opportunity to discuss policy in private as well as in public, assisting in greater international understanding and conflict avoidance. Since its launch in Singapore in 2002, the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue has become recognised as the premier institution in the Asia-Pacific for defence diplomacy. The IISS Manama Dialogue in Bahrain similarly enjoys the status of the most important international security meeting held in the Middle East and attended by government ministers.

As well as these prestigious summits, the IISS hosts regular speeches, workshops, meetings, and other events. Seminars in the Geo-economics and Strategy programme analyse the impact of economic and financial trends on strategic relationships.



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