Barely 4 hours after Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen’s anti-China speech, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang issued an instantaneous response telling him to watch his remarks and actions:
“I hope the relevant parties can be cautious in their remarks and actions. I want to stress that China hopes other nations, including Singapore, follow the One-China principle. This is the foundation for bilateral ties between China and any other nation. I hope the relevant parties can follow the laws of Hong Kong, China.”
Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen has earlier today (Jan 9) made a blind accusation against China of breaking international laws and that China’s detention of Singapore’s Terrex vehicles is unlawful.
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan is also adamant on not complying with the One-China policy and even referred Taiwan as a country, stating that existing agreements with countries will be unaffected by China’s pressure. The diplomacy spat is worsen with Minister Vivian Balakrishnan repeating calls for China to obey international law.