Photo of Chan Chun Sing from Straits Times

Speaking in Singlish to American investors at the American Chamber of Commence, Trade Minister Chan Chun Sing asked the senior business leaders and government officials to raise their hand over their views on the ongoing trade war between China and US:

“(Raise your hand) if you believe the trade war will be over after the US mid-term elections in November, or after a change in political leaders, or that it will last a while given the fundamental shifts. (Majority raised their hands at the last option)… You all believe that this is in for the long haul, and I don’t disagree with you. We all will hope for the best, but I think there is something more fundamental going on. Economies around the world will have to adjust, just as the US and China adjusts to each other…”

Minister Chan Chun Sing then started running his mouth about globalisation and came out with an imaginary continent “South West Asia”:

“Globalisation does not always benefit everyone equally. Some will benefit more, some less, and there might even be some who will lose out. The question for every country who participate in the globalisation process is, do you have the domestic capacity and will to help the constituents within the country to make those necessary adjustments? Such adjustments include redeploying resources from sectors that benefited from globalisation to those that did not. The US has presence in North-east and South-west Asia. If you look at the global geopolitical chessboard, the way to connect is South-east Asia. That’s the lynchpin, it has been so for a long time… So South-east Asia will be of critical importance to the US in the past and in the coming decades.”

The embarrassing former army general who has never worked a day in the private sector then started lecturing the businessmen how to invest:

“Your choice of where you put your investment, your choice of where you make those strategic moves for your company, will cumulatively build up a picture of what the US stands for in this region… The choice you will make individually will collectively inform Washington where their priorities will be.”