Tag Archives: bilateral ties

CHEE SOON JUAN: GETTING IN BED WITH USA MAY NOT BE A SMART MOVE WITH A RISING CHINA

I wrote the article (below) in Aug last year after the PM was feted in a state dinner at the WH. It is an occasion that international leaders covet, but also one that doesn't come for free. The event was Obama's not-so-subtle way of telling China that Singapore remains firmly in the US' geopolitical orbit. But as I say in the piece, the US has no friends, only interests. And with changes in the presidency, policies and tactics also change. With Trump as president, is America still as committed to Asia? Will he rely on diplomacy or resort to force over the SCS dispute?

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Indonesian Foreign Minister insists naming of warship has no ill-intent

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has assured Singapore that no ill-will or malice was intended in the naming of an Indonesian warship after two marines who bombed MacDonald House in Singapore in 1965, killing three Singaporeans. The decision sparked off tensions between the two countries last week, with Singapore ministers calling for greater sensitivity, especially for the families of victims and survivors of the bombing.

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