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Shangri-La Dialogue 2024: Judith Collins

Shangri-La Dialogue 2024: Judith Collins

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New Zealand's Defence and Science, Innovation and Technology Minister, Judith Collins, has reaffirmed the country's commitment to international security arrangements in the Indo-Pacific region at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Collins emphasized New Zealand's active and constructive role in supporting collective security in the region, highlighting the country's engagement in peacekeeping and maritime security operations. She also addressed the importance of Pacific security issues and the need for Pacific Island nations to be treated with respect. Collins expressed New Zealand's support for ASEAN and the ADMM-Plus meeting as platforms for addressing security challenges. Additionally, she confirmed that New Zealand's possible membership in AUKUS' 'Pillar II' would be decided by the Cabinet and existing partners in due course. The minister emphasized New Zealand's commitment to the UN-inspired "rules based order" and its increased energy in international security partnerships to support regional security and the international rules-based system.