Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean was in Germany to attend the 47th Munich Security Conference, which was conducted from 4 to 6 Feb 2011. This high-level conference was attended by senior officials from around the world, including defence and foreign ministers, parliamentarians, military leaders and security experts, to discuss global defence and security issues. The main topics on the agenda included the future and challenges of European and global security as well as the implications of the financial crisis to global security. This is the ninth time that Mr Teo had attended this conference.
While in Munich, Mr Teo was also invited to speak at the 3rd Munich Young Leaders Round Table on Security Policy (Munich Young Leaders 2011), on the topic of "Security Developments and Challenges in Asia". Held on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), the Munich Young Leaders 2011 Round Table brought together high potential representatives from governments, think tanks and the private sector to discuss issues related to transatlantic foreign and security policy, with high-ranking participants of the MSC.
Mr Teo also held bilateral discussions with a number of leaders on the sidelines of the MSC. These included Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, Japanese State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Takeaki Matsumoto, as well as the German Chairman of the Defence Committee in the Bundestag Susanne Kastner.