The International Institute for Strategic Studies' Asia Security Summit, also known as the The Shangri-La Dialogue, is an annual meeting of defense ministers, permanent heads of ministries and military chiefs of states located in the Asia-Pacific region.
The format of the inter-governmental forum includes plenary sessions, break-out groups and bilateral meetings.
This year's event will see Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe deliver the keynote speech. South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin will also attend.
Non-governmental delegates are able to participate as well.