US has no right to af­fect China-sin­ga­pore ties in think tank re­port: ex­perts

Global Times US Edition - - FOCUS - By Dong Feng Page Ed­i­tor: [email protected]­al­

A spokesman for the Chi­nese Embassy in Sin­ga­pore re­futed a re­cent re­port by the US schol­ars, say­ing that its as­ser­tions of China im­pos­ing in­flu­ence op­er­a­tions in Sin­ga­pore are “ground­less” and “dis­torted from truth.”

A state­ment made by the embassy was re­leased on Fri­day in re­sponse to a Straits Times ar­ti­cle on July 18 ti­tled “Re­port flags how China con­ducts in­flu­ence op­er­a­tions in Sin­ga­pore,” cit­ing a re­port pub­lished by the Jamestown Foun­da­tion of the US.

The unique his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural links are the nat­u­ral ad­van­tage of ad­vanc­ing re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, but they have been used by some peo­ple to at­tack, the state­ment said.

“As two sov­er­eign coun­tries, China and Sin­ga­pore are en­ti­tled to com­mu­ni­cat­ing and co­op­er­at­ing, and no third party should find any ex­cuse to point a finger at nor­mal ex­changes,” Chen Fengy­ing, a re­search fel­low at the China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, told the Global Times on Sun­day.

China-sin­ga­pore re­la­tions have set a good ex­am­ple for friendly co­op­er­a­tion be­tween large and small coun­tries, Su Ge, chair­man of the Bei­jing­based China Na­tional Com­mit­tee for Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion, told the Global Times on Sun­day.

“Take the China-sin­ga­pore Suzhou In­dus­trial Park, for in­stance. It’s the first flag­ship in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal pro­ject be­tween the two coun­tries in the past 25 years to cre­ate a man­u­fac­tur­ing base,” Su noted.

He noted that the third stage of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion has taken place in Chongqing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the high­tech­nol­ogy do­main, aim­ing at fur­ther de­vel­op­ing the western ar­eas of China and in Asia.

Schol­ars in these two coun­tries have also been ex­chang­ing ideas and learn­ing from each other, Su said.

“Sin­ga­pore has wel­comed the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive pro­posed by China and more peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes will fa­cil­i­tate the two coun­tries’ in-depth co­op­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment in Asia,” Su added.

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