Apparently an unofficial support to Hong Kong’s independence from China, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote a personal letter to Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying requesting for the detained SAF Terrex vehicles to be returned.
During Parliament seating on Monday (Jan 9), the letter was revealed to be sent more than a month ago. The Hong Kong leader however did not respond, or rather, is not allowed to respond. Hours after Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Heng commented in Singapore parliament that Hong Kong infringed international laws, the China Foreign Ministry was instead the one who responded slamming his baseless accusation. It couldn’t be spelled out clearer: Hong Kong is now China, or at least on this Terrex gate.
The failure to recognise the Chinese dynamics is an amateur mistake of the son of the respected Asian figure Lee Kuan Yew. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. His administration is feigning ignorance from China’s only bargain: stop military exchanges with Taiwan. Continuation of any official exchanges is an infringement of the One-China policy, an agreement signed by Singapore in the 1990s. During the past 20 years, Singapore was “allowed” military training with Taiwan only because Lee Kuan Yew was alive. The concession was not allowed as, truthfully speaking, Lee Hsien Loong do not command similar international respect that of his father.
Lee Hsien Loong is however insistent on playing his rules-based politics, and refusing to budge. Little did the Singapore dictator know, China is fully aware that legalised corruption in Singapore is essentially rule-based too. In a clearer definition, Lee Hsien Loong is asking China to negotiate on rules written by himself and the United States. The Singapore Prime Minister is wrongly impressed that China will respect his “integrity” for a rule-based society, the superpower sees only naivety and immaturity of the Singapore leader.