IPP REVIEW–Asia-Pac’s Top Security Meetings: The Xiangshan Forum and the Shangri-La Dialogue

Home  →    →  Asia-Pac’s Top Security Meetings: The Xiangshan Forum and the Shangri-La Dialogue The Xiangshan Forum and the Shangri-La Dialogue are two of the most important security dialogues regionally and possibly globally. It is therefore no wonder that they attract a lot of attention from the media, analysts, policy makers and other stakeholders. The Xiangshan Forum was inaugurated in 2006 and it became a Track 1.5 event in 2015. In that year, Petko Draganov, Head of the United Nations (UN) Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia spoke on behalf of the UN Secretary-General and delivered his message to the Xiangshan Forum. He highlighted the situation of the Korean Peninsula tensions as a major issue in the East Asian region and urged Xiangshan Forum stakeholders to bring that into focus during their discussions. Coincidentally, this issue has become a major focus in 2018 at regional meetings in Asia. It was discussed at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018, the 32nd ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit, the China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral summit in Tokyo, both Moon-Kim summits, the 17th Shangri-La Dialogue, and the highly anticipated u...

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The $60 million aluminum slab and billet plant that Ellwood Group Inc.

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The $60 million aluminum slab and billet plant that Ellwood Group Inc. plans to build here to house its new Ellwood Aluminum division has been three years in the making, officials say, with the green light coming this spring from the parent company’s board of directors. The 70,000-square-foot plant will be built at the site of Ellwood Engineered Castings, 7158 Hubbard Masury Road. That plant employs about 100, says Patrick F. Callihan, president of Ellwood Engineered Castings, who is overseeing the expansion. Once operating at full capacity, the new aluminum plant is expected to employ 34. “We’ve signed on with an engineering firm in Indiana, and we’re working on the final layouts,” Callihan says. “We’ll break ground as soon as we get permits to install from the Ohio EPA, which we’re expecting in mid- to late October.” Several general contractors are bidding on the job and a decision will be made within “four- to six weeks,” he adds. The project, announced Wednesday, was made public following the approval of a 60%, 10-year enterprise zone agreement by the Trumbull County Board of Commissioners. It signals the Ellwood Group’s first venture into nonferrou...