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To maintain stability in the region, countries should not be forced to pick sides in the escalating tensions between the United States (US) and China over trade issues and in the South China Sea.
To ease the escalating tensions between the United States (US) and China, both countries need to have meaningful interactions that deal with the issues.
The US-China bilateral relationship is the "most important in the world today" and how the two countries work to resolve tensions will define the international environment for the next few decades.
In view of the changing circumstances in the South China Sea dispute, "ASEAN has taken a practical approach, to work on the Code of Conduct to constrain, if not bind, behaviour".
Singapore hosts top defence officials from the US, China and other countries to discuss pressing security issues in the region at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD).