‘Melt down Sin­ga­pore troop car­ri­ers’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

BEI­JING: Ar­moured troop car­ri­ers be­long­ing to Sin­ga­pore and cur­rently im­pounded in Hong Kong should be “melted down”, China’s in­flu­en­tial state-run tabloid Global Times said yes­ter­day, in its sec­ond swipe at the is­land na­tion in two days.

The nine troop car­ri­ers were im­pounded in Hong Kong last week en route back from Tai­wan, spark­ing a re­buke to Sin­ga­pore from China about main­tain­ing mil­i­tary ties with self-ruled Tai­wan, which Bei­jing con­sid­ers a break­away prov­ince.

Ties be­tween China and Sin­ga­pore have been strained in re­cent months, par­tic­u­larly over the dis­puted South China Sea, where Bei­jing, which claims most of the wa­ters, sus­pects Sin­ga­pore of sid­ing with the US.

Bei­jing has ac­cused Wash­ing­ton of de­lib­er­ately cre­at­ing ten­sion by sail­ing its ships close to China’s is­lands.

The Global Times, pub­lished by the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party’s of­fi­cial Peo­ple’s Daily, blasted Sin­ga­pore’s “care­less­ness” with the ar­moured ve­hi­cles, which it said re­flected a fail­ure to take se­ri­ously China’s dis­plea­sure over its mil­i­tary re­la­tion­ship with Tai­wan.

“Sin­ga­pore’s im­age in China is now so rot­ten that or­di­nary Chi­nese peo­ple think the best thing to do with the ‘con­fis­cated’ ar­moured ve­hi­cles that ‘walked right into our trap’ is to send them to the steel mills to be melted down,” it said.

The ed­i­to­rial, pub­lished in the pa­per’s Chi­nese edi­tion, whose web­site at­tracts mil­lions of vis­i­tors daily, adopts a sim­i­larly stri­dent tone to a Mon­day commentary in its much less read English edi­tion, ac­cus­ing Sin­ga­pore of “hypocrisy”. – Reuters

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