Shangri-La Dialogue Canceled on Rising Singapore Virus Cases

The organizers of the Shangri-La Dialogue, which usually draws in top military officials and diplomats, have canceled the event in Singapore due to uncertainty arising from the increase in coronavirus cases and the introduction of new restrictions.

The meeting, which focuses on global defense and security, was slated for June 4-5. The cancellation of the event comes on the heels of scrapping the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Singapore and the delay of a widely-anticipated travel bubble with Hong Kong.

“In Singapore there has been a rise in local cases, the introduction of new restrictions, and the prospect of further tightening cannot be ruled out, all of which creates uncertainty,” Institute of Strategic Studies, the organizer of the event, said in a statement. “Taken together, these various factors mean that holding an in-person Shangri-La Dialogue this year has become unviable.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is expected to be among those attending the event. The organizers said they had a full line-up of defense ministers, senior officials and corporate leaders who confirmed attendance.

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