South China Sea

CHINA OFFERS AIR DEFENCE SYSTEM TO MALAYSIA TO DETECT "TERRORISTS"

Ties between Singapore and Malaysia are set to become testy as China attempts to drive a wedge between the 2 neighbors with its actions in trade and defence. According to The Malaysian Insight, China has promised loans for the RM55 billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) that would link Port Klang to Kuantan and provide a rail bridge for goods from the Strait of Malacca to the South China Sea, effectively bypassing Singapore's busy sea port.

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VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN CRITICISE SUPERPOWER, ANOTHER TERREX SAGA COMING OUR WAY?

He was obviously referring to China. He even said that no one can control the agenda of the superpower. He is very right in that count. No one can control China, least of all a Minister well known in Singapore for not being able to control the Youth Olympic budget. Now he target China in his speech, although in the capacity of an ASEAN Ministerial meeting.

The last time a Singapore Minister, Prime Minister no less, said something challenging China's authority, our Terrexes were impounded. Big mouth Minister Vivian had opened his mouth, what next will be impounded now.

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LEE HSIEN LOONG ROARED LIKE A LION BUT NOW TIMID AS A MOUSE OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA ISSUE

In July 2016, when the Hague tribunal ruled in favour of the Philippines but against some of China's claims in the South China Sea, PM Lee loudly and vehemently urged China to abide by the ruling, adding that only when countries respect international rules, will small nations have a chance to survive in a global world. But after roaring on the scene like a tiger and then suddenly turning quiet as a mouse 5 months later, what does this episode tell us about the leadership of PM Lee who has said ad infinitum that Singapore requires exceptional leadership to survive. What has PM Lee shown us about his tiger-turned-mouse leadership?

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8 IN 10 PINOYS POLLED SCARED OF A WAR WITH CHINA

In a recent survey conducted by the Philippines' Social Weather Stations (SWS), 8 in 10 Filipinos are afraid of a possible armed conflict between the Philippines and China over the disputed Scarborough Shoal islands in the South Chin Sea. 84% of respondents said they were worried about armed conflict with China, and 49% said they "worried a great deal", said the SWS. The survey was conducted from March 20 to 23, using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 respondents throughout the Philippines.

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GEORGE YEO: PEOPLE OFTEN "MISUNDERSTAND" CHINA

The historical basis of the Silk Road was fair exchange and mutual benefit, and China’s intentions for its New Silk Road vision are no different, said Singapore’s former Foreign Minister George Yeo yesterday (June 3) at a public forum. China does not intend to subordinate the economic strategies of other countries to its own and is misunderstood by others, said Mr Yeo at the forum on Asia and the middle-income trap organised by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

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VIETNAMESE & PHILIPPINES TROOPS PLAY SOCCER, SING KARAOKE ON SOUTH CHINA SEA ISLAND

Putting aside decades of enmity, Vietnam and Philippines troops came together on Wednesday in a surprising display of solidarity against China's aggressive attempt to enforce their military and political control over islands in the disputed South China Sea. Philippines naval officials said that a 100 troops stationed on Northeast Cay island, held by the Philippines in the South China Sea, met with a Vietnamese ship carrying 60 Vietnamese sailors. The troops played soccer, volleyball and even sang karaoke together.

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