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Shangri-La, The Lost Horizon?

Asia is at a critical juncture now. China’s military is rapidly developing, and its regional aspirations are expanding. Despite diplomatic attempts, North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un may be manufacturing new nuclear missiles. Japan is beefing up its military, defying post-World War II constitutional restraints. The United States, which has traditionally been a stabilizing influence in Asia, is behaving erratically: Joe Biden is the first US president since the 1970s to breach diplomatic etiquette about Taiwan, and the first to threaten military response to China.

The Shangri-La Dialogue is a timely and authoritative assemblage of the four most troubled hotspots in the world’s most combustible region: the Korean Peninsula, the East China Sea, the South China Sea and Taiwan. Right from Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s thinly veiled criticisms of China’s actions in the South China Sea, East China Sea and Taiwan Strait. So too was a strong Southeast Asian focus by United States Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin aggressive’ approach in Indo-Pacific, warns of ‘Ukraine-like’ chaos, with support expressed for Asean’s centrality in tackling security issues and long-held stance that Asean nations must not feel the pressure to choose between the US and China as the rivalry between them heats up. I am not sure how many Indo-Pacific countries are willing (or able) to place their bets on the US, whose policies and commitment towards the region have been inconsistent thus far. Also, the more economically dependent countries are on China, the less able they are to resist it.

But make no mistake — Taiwan remains the tinder keg which has the potential to ignite a catastrophic conflict in Asia. China is flying into Taiwanese airspace as a warning that Taiwan should not accept military aid from the US and that Taiwan should not try to assert independence. The US advantage will likely be gone in a decade … a better course for Washington would be to gradually ease off on its commitment to defend Taiwan…”. The United States would be much better served by stepping back now and stop cheer-leading for Taiwanese independence and if Taiwan follows this US lead, on this, Taiwan will certainly be destroyed.

Next is North Korea assembling more nuclear weapons, despite diplomatic efforts to eradicate its’ arsenal, after the armistice was signed on July 27, 1953. For years, U.S. officials talk about getting China to rein in North Korea. China will occasionally pump the brakes when North Korean escalations are getting out of hand, but China wants to keep North Korea, under the Kim government, as a geopolitical cudgel against the United States.

The only solution is diplomacy. North Korea’s missiles are on who-knows how many vehicles in deep mountain tunnels, so a preemptive American/Allied strike would not be guaranteed success. But the alternative is nuclear annihilation. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration decided in 1953 to deploy atomic weapons in North Korea and Communist China if necessary to finish the Korean War, according to documents published in 1984: [LINK]. Eisenhower said he ‘thought it might be cheaper, dollarwise, to use atomic weapons in Korea than to continue to use conventional weapons against the dugouts which honeycombed the hills along which the enemy forces were presently deployed.’ This is the US definition of every problem looking like a nail – or being made to look like a nail – when all you have is a really BIG hammer!

Enough with the euphemisms and attempts at minimizing the contentious relationship the U.S. and China have. The US/China tension is permanent. Diametrically different in governance, foundational principle, and societal value. In the case of Xinjiang Province, they are facing very difficult problems with Islamic terrorism. As long as there are no issues of genocide, such matters should be left to the UN or other international bodies. Biden Administration to strongly advocate, both domestically and internationally, its general attitude and framework of bold partnerships, particularly with China. It is NOT the job of the US to police the South China Sea any more than it is China’s job to police the Caribbean.

No-one is happy about China’s constructions and militarisation of islands and other formations in the South China Sea. Asia could well slide into an unwanted war due to the intensifying connections between the flashpoints, together with “a strange complacency about the prospects for conflict in Asia”, after decades of peace.

This is the Cold War of the 21st Century between two superpowers. The Yellow-Peril xenophobia virus brew by the Trump administration in the last four years is in full bloom across the USA with united bipartisan support. Once this Yellow-Peril virus is out of the CIA/State Department Lab, it is hard to recall. It’s clear that China wants to come the table. There has never been a better time to improve US relationship with China. Biden has the power to dramatically change the endgame.

 

Sjorne Shen

 

 

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40 Responses to “Shangri-La, The Lost Horizon?”

  • xoxo:

    China is no more the same as in the past under a weak Ching Dynasty.
    Now,there are negligible number of *running dogs* that betray the chinese people.
    In fact,chinese people have never been more united .
    XJP is a,smart n wise leader,comparable,if not surpassing, to any western leader of this age.

    It is USA trying to meddle with China than the other way round?
    China even invested a trillion$ of its reserves in USA and is subject to financial risk?

    Who mistrusts who in truth?

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  • xoxo:

    Ang mohs are still holding on to its *position*,China has change…?
    Holding to WHITE SUPREMACY position indeed!
    Even, not a few ang mohs scavenging here in tiny Sg behave as if white us supreme!
    So many incidents of ang mohs bashing host-sgs???
    Ang mohs still think they tua kee pow chiak.

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  • Hulihutu!:

    “ China is flying into Taiwanese airspace…”?

    Eh, get your facts right first!

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  • Guruche:

    Indonesian defence minister said something about using Asian ways to solve Asian problems!

    Absolutely correct, this should be the only way to put things right in Asia!

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  • Mockery misery:

    Court of international justice in Hague has ruled few years ago that ituapa in scs is just a reef whereas okinotori in east China see is an island!

    What a mockery to justice!

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  • myfirstscrew:

    https://www.heritage.org/asia/commentary/chinas-soft-war-against-america
    China is waging a sophisticated “soft” war against America with a two-fold goal: to challenge the United States as the world’s leading superpower and to supplant its dominant position in China’s neighborhood. Communist China’s strategy touches every aspect of our society—economic, technological, educational, political, even cultural.

    China is flexing its muscle every where, this is how the dispute with South China nations began. And almost all neighbours have problems with China, including India. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/18/world/asia/china-india-border-conflict.html

    This 5 years, China has been playing propaganda in their own version of MSM aim at discrediting US and West. News, papers, social media are demonising US and West for undermining Chinese growth. It has been successful as most of their citizens are brainwashed into hating US and those propaganda are forwarded to South Asia where Malaysians especially are picking them up and repeating the propaganda.

    Remember US has been a superpower since first world war till now, do you have big problem with it? So now China is joining the race and causing so much attention. China wants to sign security pact with Pacific nations to allow them to train and help manage Pacific nations security and build a naval base in exchange for loans and access to Chinese market. New Zealand the usually neutral party is now alarmed and coordinating with Australia on regional security.

    US has been around for decades, they have not alarmed us as much as China, China has been issuing warnings and advice to South East nations and Singapore. For decades, did you see US issuing warnings to nations? China hawkish and wolf warrior policies, you prefer?

    Recently China is said to be BFF with Russia and want to promote Russia and China’s brand of democracy to the world. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61767191 Putin is likening himself to Peter The Great in expanding Russia by invading Ukraine. So the question here is when will China invade Taiwan?

    Remember Ukraine was part of Soviet Union and Taiwan is part of China, dictators will want to conquer have them back. To you perhaps, you are wondering if US will join the war with Taiwan to stop China. Biden unlike many previous US presidents has chosen to give a direct response not ambiguity. One China policy is down to democracy or commmunism as they are from same ancestors, Taiwan can invade China to become one China, thats the other side of the story.

    Honestly, if you ask me who i prefer? I prefer US to China any time because at least US, we in Singapore have peace and prosperity for long and US has never bullied or threatened Singapore like our China counterparts. You want dictators to rule and repress you? Really……

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  • spiderman:

    If you love CCP style and management, you look at Pinky, Pinky is a mild version of CCP. So if you allow China to come and manage you, you just have to look at how Pinky is treating Singaporeans. Dictators have same color.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    China always 喊打喊殺. 要打就趕快打!

    Yet continue to keep the whole world in suspend.

    一戰功成 or 一敗塗地 ? 自己拿捏.

    Anyway China man 70 millions more than China woman. Plus population aging. China woman also chose the more capable ones right. And many China officials have many mistresses or wives or gf. Right time to reduce the excess.

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  • knnn:

    Earlier on Sunday at a security forum in Singapore, China’s defence minister said the Chinese government sought “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan but reserved “other options”.

    Speaking to reporters after China banned the import of grouper fish from Taiwan on safety grounds, a move Taipei called politically motivated, Su said Taiwan has always had goodwill towards China.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Guruche:
    Indonesian defence minister said something about using Asian ways to solve Asian problems!

    Absolutely correct, this should be the only way to put things right in Asia!

    Yes, support PAP. Support Lee Hsien Loong.

    新加坡香格里拉中美鷹鬥龍 李顯龍要拜登接受中國崛起
    https://bit.ly/3NMteiG

    拜登怪澤倫斯基不聽話卸責?
    https://bit.ly/3xnDlDv

    Bible say: Thou shall not steal…

    Will Singaporean Christian demand UK to return the Crown Jewels to India?
    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/world/asia/india-britain-koh-i-noor-diamond.html

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  • xoxo:

    Communists? Democrat$?
    Whats the big deal.
    America ,in God we trust?
    Or ,in $ we trust?

    USA IS NO MORE U.S.A.
    IT IS u$a!
    And,LHL same as XJP?
    Must be biggest joke!

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Author: “….As long as there are no issues of genocide, such matters should be left to the UN or other international bodies. Biden Administration to strongly advocate, both domestically and internationally, its general attitude and framework of bold partnerships, particularly with China. It is NOT the job of the US to police the South China Sea any more than it is China’s job to police the Caribbean….”

    ———-

    Many seems to be cherry-picking on either China or USA. But nobody seems to quote Japan’s PM Kishida emphasis on “peaceful solutions”. How to have peaceful solutions if UN rulings are ignored outright? Face it, it is big powers that defy UN that are fueling the current tensions in both Ukraine and in the SCS. Still thinking UN is, or can be, the global policeman?

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  • Sengsenginsoul:

    For me I know all human have only one God.

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  • Sengsenginsoul:

    Anyone got ideas which one to go to ?

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  • Ayoyo, another illiterate:

    Hulihutu!:
    “ China is flying into Taiwanese airspace…”?

    Eh, get your facts right first!

    Aiyoyo…. another illiterate. Never read news.

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  • Kenji Joo:

    Great write up. Although I Biden can end the game but personally think that the few big leaders should talk things out. Their mouth can helps and saves many people. Even partnership with any country the country can help too.

    Invest more in country security and human wellness.. that’s The goal of a better journey..

    Power the person who wrote it. Although I don’t know you.

    Respect keeps inspire more people

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Sengsenginsoul:
    Anyone got ideas which one to go to ?

    I go with Americunt In Dollar$ We Tru$t…

    Prai$e the Dollar$

    Glory be with the Dollar$

    Share prices of Raytheon Technologies
    Mar 15 $95.8
    Apr 12 $103.46

    Share prices of Lockheed Martin Corp
    Mar 15 $421.34
    Apr 12 $468.96

    Any Singaporean Christian make money buying Americunt Weapon Maker shares
    while Ukrainians are dying from the war ?

    Why Does Americunt Love The Russia-Ukraine War?
    https://shorturl.at/lstJ6

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  • Trouble world:

    We are in a mess.
    A trouble world.
    Instead of improving, we are living in dangerous time.
    No point accumulating great wealth when it can be gone any moment.
    Look at Ukraine.
    Better to share your wealth and a little happiness while you still can.Look beyond your own family.
    We are our brother keepers.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    knnn:
    Earlier on Sunday at a security forum in Singapore, China’s defence minister said the Chinese government sought “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan but reserved “other options”.

    Speaking to reporters after China banned the import of grouper fish from Taiwan on safety grounds, a move Taipei called politically motivated, Su said Taiwan has always had goodwill towards China.

    Hello, if you don’t know anything about ROC Taiwan politics, it is better for you to shut up.

    1.5 Phd President Tsai said in 2010 the ECFA (FTA with China) is sugar coated poison.

    Watch this before anyone here want to debate with me.
    蔡英文:ECFA糖衣毒藥
    https://bit.ly/3zywzh8
    https://bit.ly/3NNiqRf

    If it is sugar coated poison, why 1.5 Phd President Tsai still continue with it ?

    Calling all Opposition supporters, send this video to your Chinese friend and ask why 1.5 Phd President Tsai still continue with sugar coated poison ?

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  • Trust only myself:

    “myfirstscrew” is really screwing himself…………

    US never bullied or threatened Singapore like our China counterparts……..really? Still in dreamland…..

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  • Spineless Sinkie Syndrome:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: Yes, support PAP. Support Lee Hsien Loong.

    新加坡香格里拉中美鷹鬥龍 李顯龍要拜登接受中國崛起
    https://bit.ly/3NMteiG

    拜登怪澤倫斯基不聽話卸責?
    https://bit.ly/3xnDlDv

    Bible say: Thou shall not steal…

    Will Singaporean Christian demand UK to return the Crown Jewels to India?
    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/world/asia/india-britain-koh-i-noor-diamond.html

    You back again spouting your BS again as a “Free Rider”? LOL.
    After so long, YOU still DARE NOT tell me or simply Don’t Know? your NS unit & vocation (which you had claimed you supposedly completed NS? LOL).

    After I EXPOSED your LIES, you ran away from me like a little pussycat? LOL.
    I now CHASE YOU down again and KICK your rear-end until my boot go right up out your CB Mouth. LOL.

    Go and shout more “Support LHL” lah. LOL.
    Again, YOU EXPOSED yourself as an obvious FT.

    I know Sinkies behavior well as a born & bred Sinkie here:
    Local Sinkies (even PAPies sukporters) will HARDLY be so exuberant with their sukport to shout “Support LHL!” lor. Yes?/No? LOL.

    Sinkies might shout “PAP!” 3 times during GE and vote PAPies, but no Sinkies will be like YOU (FTs) to “PLP until so Chut Bean” lor. Yes? LOL.

    Ooi! “Free Rider”, don’t run away again hor? YOU still don’t dare to say your NS unit & vocation ah? Whhy so SCARED of my questions? LOL.

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  • BIG STORY: Stop the PAP Steal:

    @myfirstscrew, Jun 12 4.38

    In the beginning :

    If there wasn’t the first reef reclamation, no 9 dash line – East Asia, SC Sea, all were so damn peaceful – ships sailed peacefully, oil tankers ply quietly carrying crude from Mideast to Asia, E Asia esp, fisherman from Vietnam, Philippines, ROC, every state in Asia fish for food peacefully.

    Commercial aircrafts fly nondescriptly, American Pacific Fleet surf the Asia seas minding their own business.

    Now the waves are disturbed, fishing boats rocked, disquiet has descended.
    Even the quiet airspaces above the seas were polluted with aggressive communist warplanes, booming against other law abiding flying crafts.

    Who has had a hand in all these?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    myfirstscrew: US has never bullied or threatened Singapore

    Because we had great leadership like Lee Kuan Yew and Lee Hsian Loong, that’s why US has never bullied or threatened Singapore.

    Desmond Tutu : When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.

    Bible say: Thou shall not steal…

    Will Christians demand that their fellow Christians return the land back to the African ?

    or return the diamond back to India ?

    India Says It Wants One of the Crown Jewels Back From Britain
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-britain/india-says-it-still-wants-back-british-queens-crown-jewel-idUSKCN0XG2IV

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  • Spineless Sinkie Syndrome:

    PAP mandate strong:
    China always 喊打喊殺. 要打就趕快打!

    Yet continue to keep the whole world in suspend.

    一戰功成 or 一敗塗地 ? 自己拿捏.

    Anyway China man 70 millions more than China woman. Plus population aging. China woman also chose the more capable ones right. And many China officials have many mistresses or wives or gf. Right time to reduce the excess.

    Another “PAP Mandate Strong” amateur political “ANAL-lyst” talking out of his “PAPie” [email protected]? LOL.

    Please lah… last time I alleady (verbally) slap you until your CB-face swollen like a Goldfish, then you quietly sulked away.
    Now, after hiding from me for some time, you come back again to give out your irresistible “PAP Mandate Strong” Lanjiao-Talk again? LOL.

    Then, say what “要打就趕快打”… ask you go fight 1-on-1, I think you will be like most Sinkies “Talk Big”, but then will be kenna smacked by “Ang Moh Tua Kee” in a real fight lor. LOL.

    Like this recent video of street fight in Sinkiepore:
    https://tnp.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/2-men-arrested-affray-after-great-world-city-fight

    Mainland Chinese are same like Sinkies (who are majority “overseas” Chinese by culture) – ALL like to “Yah Yah” about fighting and imagine themselves to be KungFu masters, but will get knockout easily by AngMohs. LOL.

    I bet that there wil be no direct military confrontation between China & US lah. Proxy war yes, but China will also NOT dare to use military force to invade Taiwan, after they see the consequences for BOTH sides in the Russian-Ukraine war.

    Uncle Sam also knows its too dangerous to mess with a Nuclear power.
    That’s why Uncle Sam don’t even want to mess with North Korea, but they are very quick to send troops to Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan etc.

    If Uncle Sam don’t want to mess with small North Korea, you think they want to risk Nuclear exchange with China? LOL.
    Common sense will tell you the answer.

    That’s why the Nuclear Powers often engage in Proxy Wars in other people’s territories (e.g. Ukraine, Vietnam, Korea etc.)

    PAPies (and sukporter like YOU “PAP Mandate Strong”) better keep your CB-Mouth shut on such topics, because Sinkiepore (and the South China Sea) may be a potential region for a Proxy War.

    In a Proxy War, the small countries are the ones that suffer (like the Ukraine common people). The Big Boys wipe their a$$e and then they go back leaving your small country in a mess.
    So, Sinkiepore (and PAPies) better STAY NEUTRAL and NEITHER support China or USA. Just don’t “kaypoh” or “Ya Yah” other people’s war for dominance.

    YOU small boy keep quiet, instead of becoming a “sacrificial lamb” for their Big Boys games. LOL.

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  • Die liao Singapore:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: Yes, support PAP. Support Lee Hsien Loong.

    新加坡香格里拉中美鷹鬥龍 李顯龍要拜登接受中國崛起
    https://bit.ly/3NMteiG

    拜登怪澤倫斯基不聽話卸責?
    https://bit.ly/3xnDlDv

    Bible say: Thou shall not steal…

    Will Singaporean Christian demand UK to return the Crown Jewels to India?
    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/world/asia/india-britain-koh-i-noor-diamond.html

    You are one hell of a moron.

    Convention demands politicians do not politicize social issue which are clearly demarcated. Here clearly you are advocating, using the name of God to solve clear cut political issues which has no semblance anything religious.

    You are INCITING and SPLITTING very very dangerously.

    Certainly you are grossly miswired, intoxicated.

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  • BK:

    Great summary @ Sjorne

    I think the trajectory for US is kinda fixed. It is a powerful but waning power. Its internal divisions are getting more divisive, its population segments can no longer align. It must accept and that will take time, its hegemony cannot dictate the world.

    The transition of Great Britain as a global power to a minor one preceded its lost of its role as a global currency. Even after WW2, when global production came mainly from US, USD dollars was not preeminent currency yet.

    The USD dollar as a reserve currency is strongly tied to its economy, and its network externalities; such as SWIFT, global standards of trade etc.

    China’s trajectory is more dynamic, it can be dark or it can lead to an “unexpected” blossoming to usher in a new era. But this era is unlikely to have a hegemony anywhere near what US experienced in the last 70 years; different context and challengers.

    Most China fans see its ascent as diametrically opposed to US; this is an unfortunate position because it limits China’s options and curtailed a more imaginative way to visualize China’s possibilities.

    The Chinese diaspora shows that Chinese society can live in harmony anywhere without aggressiveness, quiet contributions, assimilation to its larger society. It is a microcosm of how China as a nation can be.

    China as a growing power is doing what all teenagers do, posing and flexing its muscles. Hopefully, with age comes a steadfast confidence that the best gait is not to strut and swagger, but be calm and smooth.

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  • Real Democracy:

    Hulihutu!:
    “ China is flying into Taiwanese airspace…”?

    Eh, get your facts right first!

    Taiwan is a break away province of China. It belongs to China. The USA also accept that there is one China and Taiwan is part of one China. Therefore, Taiwan airspace is China’s airspace.

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  • USAtheBIGBully:

    “No-one is happy about China’s constructions and militarisation of islands and other formations in the South China Sea.”

    I used to think the nine-dash line is worrisome. But after I watched John Pilger’s documentary, I can understand where China is coming from. USA has over 750 military bases around the world. 120 of these military bases are in the Asian region, encircling and pointing at China. (And can we say with conviction that Nasa launches from Australia’s Arnhem Space Center in Australia’s Northern Territory are truly for scientific studies?) Any government in the right mind would do what China is doing, building counter-attacks/defences for any eventuality.

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  • John Doe:

    theforgottongeneration:
    Author: “….As long as there are no issues of genocide, such matters should be left to the UN or other international bodies. Biden Administration to strongly advocate, both domestically and internationally, its general attitude and framework of bold partnerships, particularly with China. It is NOT the job of the US to police the South China Sea any more than it is China’s job to police the Caribbean….”

    ———-

    Many seems to be cherry-picking on either China or USA. But nobody seems to quote Japan’s PM Kishida emphasis on “peaceful solutions”. How to have peaceful solutions if UN rulings are ignored outright? Face it, it is big powers that defy UN that are fueling the current tensions in both Ukraine and in the SCS. Still thinking UN is, or can be, the global policeman?

    The UN seems to be the only feasible candidate, and be ONE, be the ‘World’s Policeman’ and enforce peaceful solutions.

    BUT ONE AND MAIN problem – the veto powers of all current and any member of the security council MUST be curbed, tweaked from current form. If not like Mr Zelensky said, UN is FUNDAMENTALLY TOTALLY Useless.

    How to expect Russia to make OWNSELF AGREE OWNSELF to its purported war crimes.

    In the world democracy ONLY SG can do that.

    Lokked at PRC and Russia combined to veto on DPRK – this is and MUST be the ONLY MAGIC God cannot perform except these both.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    That is WHY I “trust” Trump with all his SHORTCOMINGS was doing God’s Will to Keep NK & China on an even KEEL…and Trump can manage the Europe crisis well with Putin…the devil has his tool and use it well

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    The devil’s toolbox is well used in SINcity by an evil man who CON YOU he is doing good

    Temusik Patriot:
    That is WHY I “trust” Trump with all his SHORTCOMINGS was doing God’s Will to Keep NK & China on an even KEEL…and Trump can manage the Europe crisis well with Putin…the devil has his tool and use it well

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    SSS,

    Shut up ?
    Why muz i ?

    You say your piece and i say mine.

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  • How @ Real Democracy?:

    (RE: Taiwan is a break away province of China. It belongs to China. The USA also accept that there is one China and Taiwan is part of one China. Therefore, Taiwan airspace is China’s airspace.)

    * * *

    You state that the Republic of China (ROC) @Taiwan island “belongs” to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) a.k.a. Chinese Communist Party @mainland China??? Please explain to us then:

    * How does Maoist political economy and Marxist ideology constitute “Republican Constitutional Law”?

    * Dr. Sun Yat Sen, whom Chinese people all over the world, including the mainland, acknowledge as the Father of Modern China who liberated China from the Manchu Qing dynasty ruling over China for almost 300 years. Dr.Sun had always been an advocate for republican constitutional democracy for the modern Chinese people. In this very foundational principle therefore, is ROC the model of Sun Yat Sen’s political vision or does the CCP PRC resemble the new nation he and all the Chinese natural aristocrats had dreamed of?

    * Does the superb technological achievements of the mainland Chinese people mean that the Communist Party is superior to any other political organization in the world including the republican government of Taiwan island? One measure of authentic people representation is the ethical freedom of speech allowed by a country. In this respect Taiwan ROC is ranked 40+ in the global Free Press Index while PRC China is ranked 170+…how come? And why is your Emperor Pinky’s Sinchiapor Incorporated seated at 160th ranking?

    Our hope is that China may be reunited in the best spirits of humanity together with a just and compassionate political government. Our hope is for the Republic of Singapore as well.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Ha! Tell me
    Nuclear war or nuclear holocaust versus Covid 19, which is worst ?
    For a nation thats so fearful of 與病毒共存 , she’s ready to fire nuclear missiles and 與輻射共存?

    我 絕對懷疑 and 根本不信. I dont buy it.

    China is one of the few remaining nations still havent lift restriction ban on japan food imports.

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  • SS:

    BK: Great summary @ Sjorne

    Most China fans see its ascent as diametrically opposed to US; this is an unfortunate position because it limits China’s options and curtailed a more imaginative way to visualize China’s possibilities.

    The Chinese diaspora shows that Chinese society can live in harmony anywhere without aggressiveness, quiet contributions, assimilation to its larger society. It is a microcosm of how China as a nation can be.

    China as a growing power is doing what all teenagers do, posing and flexing its muscles. Hopefully, with age comes a steadfast confidence that the best gait is not to strut and swagger, but be calm and smooth.

    Thank you @ BK

    As a fan of the ‘epistemology of Chinese traditions/values’, I can’t help note that the notions of normative social options seem to be emphasized a little more strongly in the western tradition. It will be interesting to see how a synthesis would develop once thinkers are exposed to a broader set of traditions (which hopefully they will be); though it’s too early to tell which parts of which traditions will be incorporated into various systems of thought.

    As for Chinese diaspora in US, “once upon a time” had truly “impacted & shaped their own thoughts” where this historic moment has been eradicated to emptiness and perpetual stereotypical “role model” especially now when their political & public Asian representatives have become prevaricators.

    I agree that epistemological issues which accept tacitly the myth of Asian success and assimilation where Asian political leaders, top government officials or cultural contributions beyond Chinese take-out and Jackie Chan, have been able to do much more in these essential fields of soft power through a strategy of solidarity and confronting prejudice straight on. They have as a result indelibly changed American culture and made it considerably richer.

    Then there is a history (still ongoing) of white people invading, colonizing, and exploiting Asian populations. The political and social power dynamics are not equal in any way.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    John Doe:

    BUT ONE AND MAIN problem – the veto powers of all current and any member of the security council MUST be curbed, tweaked from current form. If not like Mr Zelensky said, UN is FUNDAMENTALLY TOTALLY Useless.

    Totally agree on that. Unfortunately, many things are descended from historically events and those who have the veto powers happen to be the victors of WW2, aka the power players at that time – the exception being China which was included (I believe) more of tokenism, and that was mainly on the insistence of the AMERICANS! LOL, US must be kicking itself now.

    Anyway thanks for sharing. Global issues are indeed truly very interesting but I still maintain we should focus more on home issues. Small issues cannot settle, why worry about larger issues that are further beyond our control, hor?

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  • Pitch-forked Sinkies:

    theforgottongeneration: Anyway thanks for sharing. Global issues are indeed truly very interesting but I still maintain we should focus more on home issues. Small issues cannot settle, why worry about larger issues that are further beyond our control, hor?

    Ya, after small issues settled, forget about the tsunami on the horizon.
    Carpe diem!!! Yam seng!!! No wonder Sinkies are screwed! lol

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Die liao Singapore: You are one hell of a moron.

    Convention demands politicians do not politicize social issue which are clearly demarcated. Here clearly you are advocating, using the name of God to solve clear cut political issues which has no semblance anything religious.

    You are INCITING and SPLITTING very very dangerously.

    Certainly you are grossly miswired, intoxicated.

    Hi,
    Why the double standard erh ? or maybe triple standard ?

    Some of the christians here quote the bible verses when attacking our great PAP and I don’t see you reprimanding them for inciting and splitting, miswired, intoxicated.

    But when I just ask a question, you said inciting and splitting very very dangerously and what not.

    Can you make up your mind how many type of standard you have ?
    Double standard? Triple standard?

    Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Pitch-forked Sinkies: Ya, after small issues settled, forget about the tsunami on the horizon.
    Carpe diem!!! Yam seng!!! No wonder Sinkies are screwed! lol

    Ya, it is understood some ppl after shitting would put on their pants first then try to wipe their backside. To each his/her own.

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  • Pitch-forked Sinkies:

    theforgottongeneration: Ya, it is understood some ppl after shitting would put on their pants first then try to wipe their backside. To each his/her own.

    Ya,to each their own. Don’t forget to put the pants on after wiping. lol

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