James moderated a series of panel sessions at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Langkawi, Malaysia. The biennial event, which took place March 17-21, 2015, brings together key players from the defence industry, with the emphasis this year on Malaysia’s chair of the ASEAN grouping. For the first time, LIMA featured the ASEAN Business Forum and ASEAN Aviation Summit.
On the final day, James was invited to facilitate a one-on-one conversation on the Maritime Silk Road with Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin. In March 2014, the Minister headed the investigation into Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared with 239 people onboard en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. LIMA 2015 featured the first-ever military exercise for ASEAN member states plus the UAE, and participants including Rolls Royce, Boeing, Airbus, Saab, and BAe.