Beijing at War with Singapore
Singapore has over the past few years been at the forefront of advancing America’s ultra right wing self serving policies and interests in the region. Singapore threw its weight behind Bersih and other destructive forces in Malaysia on account of Malaysia’s government not kow towing to the US’s plans for ‘containing’ China in the region. Malaysia on the other hand has taken a responsible balanced approach to its largest trading partner China which has drawn the ire of the US running its campaign against Malaysia and its Prime Minister and his family personally.
The recent snub by UNESCO is widely also believed to have been overseen by US groups acting to destabilize an undermine anyone who does not toe their anti Beijing line.
Singapore has not been very subtle in its playing post box to pro western expansionism in the region. The Chinese though are not taking the Singapore position lying down.
Beijing is beginning to show its irritation for the Singapore position in this article extracted from Yahoo US this morning 1 October 2016. The extracted article appears below. And the future for Singapore does not appear to be very bright with an irritated China on its tail.
Beijing should make Singapore “pay the price for seriously damaging China’s interests” with retaliations and sanctions, an influential Chinese military advisor has said.
Professor Jin Yinan, of the Public Liberation Army’s National Defence University, made the remarks on Chinese-state radio on Thursday (29 September), reported the South China Morning Post.
The statement is the latest offensive in an on-going war of words over the South China Sea dispute after the Global Times, a Chinese newspaper, reported that Singapore endorsed the Philippines’ case to bring international arbitration against China.
Speaking on China National Radio, the SCMP reported that Yinan said: “It’s inevitable for China to strike back at Singapore, and not just on the public opinion front.
“Since Singapore has gone thus far, we have got to do something, be it retaliation or sanction. We must express our discontent.”
Singapore allegedly lodged the claims against China at the latest summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Venezuela.
However, the country’s ambassador to China, Stanley Loh, accused the Global Times of “fabricating” the story.
“Contrary to the claim fabricated by the Global Times, the Singapore delegation did not raise the South China Sea or the tribunal ruling at the NAM Summit,” he said according to Reuters.
“We are disappointed that an established newspaper published this irresponsible report replete with fabrications and unfounded allegations with no regard for the facts.”
The paper’s editor-in-chief Hu Xijin stood by the story, stating the source was “serious and reliable“.
In the interview, Lin claimed Singapore had raised the issue of the South China Sea disputes to play China and America off one another.
“We understand [Singapore] has to survive among big countries,” Jin said, reported SCMP.
“But now Singapore is not seeking balance among big countries – it is playing big countries off against each other… this is playing with fire.”