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Singapore: First Family Feud Gets Public

Discussion in 'China & Far East' started by asad71, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. asad71

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    LHL really does not measure up to the stature of his father at all. His foreign policy is in shambles and his sycophancy towards the US had totally upended the delicate balancing act achieved by his father. Should have become a world-class mathematician instead of a mediocre world leader.
     
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    I do not understand why the Chinese and their media thinks that Singapore is tilting towards the US.


    TPP? Singapore has always champion for more free trade in the region, whether it's the US or China initiating it. We are also the first supporters of Chinese initiatives such as the RCEP, OBOR, and the AIIB. Does that mean we are anti-US?

    The SCS issue? Singapore is a non-claimant state. Are we really that stupid to get ourselves in and antagonize China when we have no stake in it? But we have our own principles and when pressured by other ASEAN states to make a stand, we need to state it clear from the start: all nations big or small should try to settle the dispute peacefully through the rule of law. Otherwise if Singapore gets into such disputes with larger countries in the future, we have no moral authority to make that statement. We would be seen as a hypocrite who make that statement whenever it involves us and flip position when it doesn't involve us. The international community and our neighbors will likewise find Singapore as mercenary and non-credible.

    Or would you rather we be like the Philippines or Malaysia? On the surface pro-China but the society is anti-China and at the back receiving help from US/Japan to fight against China? We have also criticized the US on several issues, such as its hypocrisy on UNCLOS when the US herself is a non-signatory. But do the Chinese media report that? All I see from the Chinese media is that Singapore is a lap-dog of the US and is helping the US to bring China down.

    If we are really anti-China, would we be the largest foreign investor in China? Why would we try to bring our investments down? Would we initiate a third government-to-government project to transfer our skills and knowledge? Would we be teaching hundreds of Chinese officials (including Xi Jinping in the past) who come here annually about governance? Would we advice Deng to open up China's economy when he visited Singapore? Would we try to help China to get into the WTO after the Tiananmen incident and the sanctions by the West?

    How many governments share such close relationship over such a long period of time? Tilting over to the US now when our interest with China is at an all-time high?
     
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