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Since our independence in 1965, we have understood how important a safe and secure environment is for Singapore to thrive, progress and prosper. Indeed, while Singapore has flourished in the past few decades, we must also recognise the current security threats that the world faces today. Second Minister for Defence, Mr One Ye Kung at the dinner reception for the 6th International Institute of Strategic Studies Fullerton Forum: The Shangri-La Dialogue Sherpa Meeting on 29th January 18 highlighted four significant security challenges: developments in the Korean Peninsula, the rise of terrorism, the deliberate spread of online falsehoods, and the retreat of globalisation and the increase in states’ protectionist tendencies. Mr Ong called upon countries to have an ‘expanded toolkit of solutions’ that went beyond effective military defences.

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