Speaking at the Asia Economic Forum held by the National University of Singapore, Singapore’s Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam interfered with foreign affairs telling the Chinese superpower to “work harmoniously” with other countries.
The Law Minister was notably peeved about China not listing Singapore as part of it’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Hoping to get into China’s good books, Minister K Shanmugam poured countless praises for China calling it a “world leader” and the BRI “the most ambitious project” in human history:
“The project was bold, imaginative and ambitious, and exemplifies the vision of a country that is currently the world leader in many aspects of infrastructure technology. China has also been very strategic in the way it has been investing, linking up with other countries and building relationships, and its companies are prepared to take risks and invest in large infrastructure projects… the BRI is arguably the most ambitious infrastructure project in history with the potential to bring Eurasia, China and Southeast Asia even closer together… It’s in China’s interest – and ours too – that its rise to great power status, or even superpower status, is peaceful and is seen to be peaceful… The rise of China is likely to be the largest world economy in absolute terms, though not in per capita terms. Technologically and militarily, China will become a more significant player over the next 20 to 30 years.”
Behaving like a vessel state of China, Singapore’s Law Minister K Shanmugam praised the Communist Party for enabling innovation:
“It must be acknowledged that the country has achieved results for its people over the last 35 years on a scale that no other country in history has – both in terms of the speed of progress and the number of people who have made the leap from poverty to prosperity. China has been showing its detractors are getting it wrong. Its success in the field of science and technology, contradict claims that its political system does not allow innovation.”
Law Minister K Shanmugam back-stabbed the United States claiming that US influence will work against China:
“If there is a deficit in trust with other countries, regional counter blocs with countries such as India, Japan and perhaps powers outside Asia may form, and possible US influence should not be underestimated.”
Singapore was not invited to China’s BRI forum earlier this year, and China has made no intention to include Singapore as part of it’s multi-trillion infrastructural investments. The BRI road will stop at Malaysia, leaving Singapore out, but the Singapore government is actively wooing China to get involved after US terminated the Trans-Pacific Pact (TPP). The Singapore government tried to reactivate the TPP without US, but failed following Japan’s withdrawal.