AN END TO AMICABLE TIES WITH S’PORE?
Absence of Lee Hsien Loong at China forum a sign that things aren’t the same
AIndonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, have “recently mended fences with China and distanced themselves from the United States”.
The report, which was written by Thomas Hon Wing Polin, said other leaders of Southeast Asian countries had realised that the Chinese could offer them far greater benefits in the 21st century than the Americans. However, it said the same sentiment was not felt by Singapore’s leaders. “Remarkably, Singapore’s current leaders seem unaware of such basic realities. That leaves the Lion City as the sole, conspicuously pro-US country in Southeast Asia. It must feel very lonely.”
It said that while many have written and speculated on the reasons for Beijing’s behaviour towards Singapore,
views, perhaps, best represent the actual views of the Chinese.
The newspaper’s report stated that it was clear that the Chinese were designing the One Belt One Road megaproject to bypass Singapore.
“The designated Belt and Road ports in Southeast Asia are Melaka in Malaysia and Tanjong Priok near Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital. Such marginalisation of Singapore would mean a huge blow to its economic fortunes in the longer term.”