Along with cyber security, the other cut-through issue here at the Shangri-La Dialogue has been the territorial disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

Yesterday I was joined by CSIS Senior Asia Adviser Bonnie Glaser to talk over some of the dangers raised by these disputes, particularly the risk of confrontation on the seas. As you will hear from Bonnie and my colleague Rory Medcalf, the discussions here in Singapore indicate that the powers involved seem relauctant to face the real issues.