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Singapore state media Straits Times’ leading propaganda Opinion Editor Chua Mui Hoong today (May 21) escalated the Singapore-China diplomatic spat by openly declaring that the island state is not afraid of China’s punishments.

Chua Mui Hoong started her article blaming China for being the troublemaker:

“First, Singapore hasn’t changed in its foreign policy. It is China that has changed its view and demands on Singapore.”

Straits Times has also deliberately superimposed Singapore and China’s flag symbol on Japan’s WW2 invasion flag, implying that China is now behaving like the Japanese invaders in World War 2.

Photo of WW2 Japan flag from Wikipedia

The 154th-ranking media propaganda writer then said that China’s investments in Malaysia take “decades” to be developed:

“But beyond diplomatic pressure, how much power does China have to “punish” Singapore? Perhaps not that much… As for the Belt and Road displacing the Malacca Strait as the premier shipping belt, it would take many more years for that to happen, if not decades. Meanwhile, even as port projects are being planned around Malaysia and Indochina – presumably as alternatives to Singapore – port planners here aren’t keeping still. Singapore was named maritime capital of the world for the third time this year.”

The former  police Internal Security Department (ISD) officer also threatened that Singapore may detain China’s shipments like China did to the Terrex vehicles:

“At the same time, China is still far too dependent on imports through the Malacca Strait to seriously oppose Singapore. The seizing of goods in ports can, after all, easily be done by both parties.”

The ardent PAP supporter also wrote that Singapore is an “advanced” country who does not need China’s money unlike its poorer neighbours:

“China does not have much power to put Singapore back in line, as Chinese economic statecraft so far has been relatively unsuccessful. Singapore is also in a very different position from its neighbouring countries as it manages an advanced economy and many international security relationships across the world.”

You may read Chua Mui Hoong’s article here.