22 Oct '17, 1pm

US think tank hopes Trump can learn from PM Lee to prepare for his upcoming Asia trip

US think tank hopes Trump can learn from PM Lee to prepare for his upcoming Asia trip

“On the diplomatic side of things, Singapore offers wise council in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and they maintain a very constructive, determinedly independent relationship with China. Accordingly, although they are quiet about it, American audiences in particular will appreciate that Singapore maintains the most positive—albeit, like the U.S., unofficial—relationship with Taiwan that Southeast Asia has on offer. This is worth mentioning because it points to the value Singapore places on the autonomy of its foreign policy.” “So as high as the stakes are in Singapore’s relationship with China, its long-term investment in strategic priorities that contribute to regional stability and principles essential to its survival—like freedom of the seas—are more important. From a Singaporean perspective, it is the Chinese who will have to make the mental adjust...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/10/us-think-tank-hopes-trump-c...

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