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Military cooperation with Singapore: Leopard tanks and submarines

Germany wants to work even more closely with the city-state of Singapore on security. It is mainly about German military technology.

Singapore is one of the major buyers of Leopard 2 tanks from German production .. Photo: dpa

SINGAPOREdpa | Germany and Singapore want to expand their security relations. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday during her visit to the Southeast Asian city-state that this concerns military training, the exchange of expertise in the modernization of the armed forces and conflict management. "Singapore is certainly one of the key partners in the region for us."

The armed forces of Singapore have been upgraded in the past few years with 224 "Leopard 2" battle tanks made in Germany. This means that the island nation has almost as many of these tanks as the Bundeswehr, even though Germany is 50 times larger. The delivery of at least two class 218SG submarines from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is also planned.

Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen did not want to reveal whether there are any other German armaments on Singapore's wish list. “We buy what we need for our needs,” he said after meeting von der Leyen. Rich Singapore is one of the ten largest arms importers in the world.

Von der Leyen takes part in the security conference in Singapore, in the Shangri-La Hotel. She will give a speech there on Sunday. She had previously visited India.

The Shangri-La Dialog is a high-profile security conference. In the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore, defense ministers and military representatives from the Asia-Pacific region provide informal advice on threats to peace and ways to defuse conflicts. Topics were often North Korea and the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Guests are welcome. This time Federal Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is there. The dialogue will take place - for the 14th time - in the Shangri-La Hotel.