Following China’s official boycott of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the Singapore dictator now praises China Chinese in an attempt to mend ties with China. Speaking at the opening of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), PM Lee Hsien Loong poured praises about the “traditional values” of the Chinese ethnicity:
“First, our Chinese forefathers, through their way of life, have inculcated in us many positive traditional values. The hard work and perseverance of the pioneer generation to build a better future for the next generation through very challenging times, and how they believed that their labour had its rewards. The Chinese community also cared a lot about education and charity, and would contribute what they could to support these causes; they also respected the elders and looked after the young and weak.”
PM Lee Hsien Loong then praised his father’s bilingual policy in the 1970s:
“Singapore’s globalised economy and the country’s bilingual education policy opened the gateway for Singaporean Chinese to have contact with the cultures of the East and West. Because we are bilingual, we can interact with friends from different cultures, and understand their perspectives. Chinese and non-Chinese Singaporeans are able to deepen their engagement. We can also communicate easily with our neighbours in Asia and South-east Asia.”
Singapore is currently seeing a bleak economic future as it get left out of several vital international free trade agreements like the abandoned US Trans-Pacific Pact, China’s Belt and Road plan, and the European Union FTA. The EU-Singapore FTA plan is unlikely to carry forward because Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has a poor track record of upholding human rights in Singapore. China deliberately excluded Singapore out of the Belt and Road plan because Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s intervened in the South China Sea territories disputes and refused to conduct any form of military cooperation and compliance including the termination of military operations in Taiwan.