The global security challenges that the world is facing place a greater reliance on networked solutions at all levels, a British official said here on Sunday.
Speaking at the 8th Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue), British Minister for International Defense and Security Baroness Ann Taylor said that security challenges do not recede just because the world is in recession, the security environment risks becoming more uncertain, more unpredictable and more unstable.
"There are now very few who would seriously argue that the global security challenges all of us face can be contained by state boundaries, or that a single state can deal with these alone," she said, adding that "this places a greater reliance on networked solutions, at state level, but also at community and corporate level."
She noted that protectionism and isolationism are not an option in defense and security terms.
"By cooperating in a transparent manner the better we will understand each other and learn from each other so that together we are better able to confront the global security challenges that face us now and in the years to come," she said.
Taylor arrived in Singapore for the annual Asia Security Summit, which is held from May 29 to 31. The summit brings together about 22 ministerial-level guests, along with parliamentarians, military leaders and security experts from more than 27 countries and regions for discussions on regional security issues and defense cooperation.