Got a trip to Asia coming up? Want a heads up on major events taking place in the region? Here’s our monthly guide to what’s happening in Asia.
May 31-June 2: Shangri-La Dialogue (Singapore)
Named after the hotel in Singapore at which it takes place, the Shangri-La Dialogue is an annual meeting that brings together defence ministers, military chiefs and other senior officials from Asia-Pacific countries to talk about security in the region. This year China’s defence minister is scheduled to speak, marking the first time in eight years Beijing has sent a high-ranking official to the event.
June 4: Tiananmen Square anniversary (China)
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, when the People’s Liberation Army was ordered to crush pro-democracy protests led by students, workers, intellectuals and civil servants. While public discussion of the events at Tiananmen Square is banned in mainland China, the anniversary is marked in Hong Kong and around the world.
June 4: Eid Al-Fitr (worldwide)
After a month of dawn-to-sunset fasting, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, the festival which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The holiday begins with the sighting of the new crescent moon, and is celebrated over three days. While traditions differ from country to country, it's a time for prayer, family gatherings, feasting, and gift-giving.
Late June: Trump-Moon meeting (South Korea)
US President Donald Trump will travel to South Korea to meet with President Moon Jae-in to discuss efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear programme. It will be the second meeting between the leaders since Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February, which was widely deemed a failure as talks collapsed without any agreement on denuclearisation.
June 28-29: G20 Osaka summit (Japan)
The Group of 20 (G20) is an international forum that consists of 19 countries plus the European Union, whose leaders meet annually to discuss global issues and economic cooperation. This year Japan will host its first-ever G20 Summit in the city of Osaka. US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among those set to attend.
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- Asia Media Centre