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Multilateral order is ‘best bet’ for small states

I refer to the report, “Multilateral order is ‘best bet’ for small states, which cannot survive if ‘might is right’: PM Lee (TODAY, Sep 23).

I read with deep contemplation of the logic and reasoning of PM Lee’s speech for a Forum of Small States (FOSS).

In relation to the survival of a small country:

Mencius(372-289BC), the Confucian philosopher ever stated that a small country’s survival could not merely rely upon another mighty/big country’s protection. As, the relations of dependence and adhesion would not last long.

Mencius advocated that the political leaders of a small country should strategically apply their wisdom and artifice to deal with the threats, allures and vicious provocation from any mighty countries as and when needed.

It is good to learn that multilateralism works for and benefiting small countries especially in this turbulent, ever-changing and unpredictable world order.

Nevertheless, it is also vital for small countries to apply pragmatism whenever in the disadvantaged situations or dilemma.

Simultaneously, it is significant for a small country to heed the advice from the Confucius: It would be no harm to displease a big country which has proven track records of “noble moral integrity”, instead of offending a big country which is “vile character and vicious scheming”.

In today’s complexity of world order, it’s sometimes inevitable for a small country to deploy “art of deceit” in dealing with difficult diplomacy.

Anyway, it will be a rational trajectory – If a superpower has no solid background of morality and humanity, it will gradually fall into the state of decadency. Vice-versa, if a small country can persistently formulate and execute its policies of benevolence and win the vast supports of her people, it will gradually become stronger in all aspects.

 

Teo Kueh Liang (Mr)

 

 

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30 Responses to “Multilateral order is ‘best bet’ for small states”

  • Temusik Patriot:

    To master “the art of DECEIT” Father knows best…Stab the Back and Offer the FRONT

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  • idontbelieveinccpbs:

    This guy thinks he is as established and respected like his dad.

    He and his team of clowns often dish out advice to super powers.

    And they actually believe they listen to their bs.

    Jokowi seems to be the leading figure in ASEAN, he went to Russia and won deal making. Pinky is hiding in Singapore giving advice. LOL

    Chinese general already said Singapore is a mickey mouse, has no real impact on global affairs.

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  • MarBowling:

    idontbelieveinccpbs:
    September 27, 2022 at 4:50 pm (Quote)
    This guy thinks he is as established and respected like his dad.

    He and his team of clowns often dish out advice to super powers.

    And they actually believe they listen to their bs.

    Jokowi seems to be the leading figure in ASEAN, he went to Russia and won deal making. Pinky is hiding in Singapore giving advice. LOL

    Chinese general already said Singapore is a mickey mouse, has no real impact on global affairs.

    Response: Well said. Since the passing of his Big Daddy and Mommy, this Joker cum USELESS BUM has been Hiding and snoozing under the skirt of his Wifey Holee Jinx SEEKING for GUIDANCE and Holee Advice on how to RUIN oops RUN our beloved country, period!

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  • Alwaystheend:

    I don’t think any nation, small or big, can claim to be morally upright or righteous in the global arena when they are all self seeking and serve man’s base nature.

    The end is inevitable.

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  • xoxo:

    Sure,size plays a huge part.
    But being small does not mean we are guaranteed losers and must solely BE DEPENDENT ON MULTI-LATERALISM only to survive.
    Look at SWITZERLAND ,its small but it has *developed* what the world needs and wants.
    Swiss watches,pharmaceuticals,precision tools,etc.
    What about Brunei,its blessed with oil.
    Kuwait,UAE,etc.

    Sure,we can talk about SWISS STANDARDS but the types of *JEWEL$* we *developed* are a far cry from SWISS STANDARDS.
    WHY?
    TH n others monopolising n cannibali$ing our SMEs.
    Even Hyflux,once a DARLING N MENTIONED by our LEEders cannot survive?
    Charity begins at *HOME*.
    DONT $QUANDER ON *OUTSIDERS* and that includes our $100 Billion Reserves taken from sgs’ *SAVINGS*.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    it is significant for a small country to heed the advice from the Confucius…
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    Mr Teo,
    I will said this to you, Confucius is teaching you to be a
    2 head snake. 墻頭草,兩邊倒。down with Confucius …

    Say no to 2 head snake Confucius teaching.

    Let me quote what your Americunt Bush said :”if you are not with us, you are against us.”

    https://carnegieendowment.org/2002/10/07/bush-doctrine-pub-1088

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  • I_am_Mike:

    Unfortunately, Small and militarily weak countries did not survived long period of time.

    Being well managed with wisdom perhaps make it lasts a while longer.

    If time is provider of all answers, then the world has been always in a cycle of consolidation and diversification.

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  • Drain the swamp:

    This idiot jester pm is dragging our country deeper and deeper into the abyss of no return.
    Our only hope is to get rid of him and his stale rotten regime.
    They only care for themselves!

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  • Dr. Chan:

    Singapore is not Mickey Mouse. Disney/Mickey Mouse/MCU is international entertainment cooperation generating big revenues.
    LHL PAP – only know how to tax and suck blood of taxpayers. No real world business experience. Only population Ponzi scheme.
    There is no comparison.

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  • SINGAROAR:

    As a 728sq. m island, when giants clash it is best to keep silent and inconspicuous. What is the loss to the world if we sink suddenly? Only our families living in other countries will feel loss and pain. The rest of the world will continue as normal. So the PAP leaders must stop talking on behalf of other countries. It only shows arrogance and egoism.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    ASEAN can’t even resolve the Myanmar problem – meaning multilateralism looks good on paper only. Most expensive PM can only talk cock sing song, no wonder cannot win a strong mandate from Singaporeans after 18+ years.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Singapore was once a dragon in Asia and its leaders could go around the world to brag about it. Now Singapore is mistaken as part of China. No one likes to hear what a small town mayor wants to say.

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  • Cancel the PAP:

    Regardless of whatever descriptions of strategies of por lam par or subservient styles – our PAP Administration Cabinet of doctors turned Defence Chief, Engineers turned Doctors, Gynaes turned Money THROWERS to pour tea, and so on – this PAP FULLY lacked the bare minimum statecraft skills to conduct international political relationships with countries ranging in size from tiny Fiji and Micronesia to huge Russia or Brazil.

    It only knows HOW TO CARRY Modi’s BIG BALLS AFTER discarding OR FORCED TO SEVERE PRC ties after offending the latter. Look at Old Lee style with PRC leaders – anytime he was welcomed to drink Mao Tai with PRC teams of leaders.

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  • Cancel the PAP:

    What did the Eff King Loong did when PRC detained and played with our Military Vehicles?

    Did he chastised his CB Hen? Did he sue the carrier for causing this debacle?

    No one PAP MP has the balls to ask in Parliament questions about the Surrendering of SAF Armour Secrets to PRC at HK Harbour.

    Tech: To be fair, what can he do even if he had wanted to. Sinkieland is only “mickey mouse” to China, so said a Chinese General, no?

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  • BIG STORY: Stop the PAP Steal:

    Dr. Chan:
    Singapore is not Mickey Mouse. Disney/Mickey Mouse/MCU is international entertainment cooperation generating big revenues.
    LHL PAP – only know how to tax and suck blood of taxpayers. No real world business experience. Only population Ponzi scheme.
    There is no comparison.

    Under the PAP Administration for the last 20 years there’s no strategic schemes in action to drive the building and construction of tangible intellectual properties, assets that can flood or conquer the world to eat forex, and bring wealth across the broad population.

    The disk drive maker of the world evaporated. So was American President Lines owner, NOL, sank, together with various half past 6 initiatives like Project Eyeball, Red Nano Bullshit.

    The last known world beater I can think of is Sim Wong Hoo Creative Tech that makes the world sit up and notice our proud Ngee Ann Poly grad even the India Indians were presumably amazed.

    What we have empty boasts now is SG scientists this and that. SG achieve this or that – NONE OF WHICH IS HARDLY A TRUE SINGAPOREAN, when they are SG based foreigners whose faces ARE USED by the PAP Administration to claim woeful international hollw credit, as a basis to pay themselves Millions of Dollars if undeserved salaries.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    The shitty Times heard its Master’s Voice…and like a well train mongrel gave it an editorial in agreement

    Drain the swamp:
    This idiot jester pm is dragging our country deeper and deeper into the abyss of no return.
    Our only hope is to get rid of him and his stale rotten regime.
    They only care for themselves!

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  • xoxo:

    It is not far-fetched to say that MULTI-LATERAL ORDER has been disrupted by so-called Globali$ation.
    De-globalisation will take effect.
    So much for over-hyping globalisation.

    Mighty U$A is holding up its mighty greenback$ so as to mitigate its own IMPORT INFLATIONARY pressures as it is NET IMPORTER.

    So much for *fair* trading.

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  • Cancel the PAP:

    @ Tech: To be fair, what can he do even if he had wanted to. Sinkieland is only “mickey mouse” to China, so said a Chinese General, no?

    You are right – I agree what can Mickey Mouse Loong, the world’s MOST HIGHLY SELF REWARDING PM in the world, do to PRC when they DETAINED at WILL, SG’s Military secrets.

    However that was only after DETENTION.

    But BEFORE it – what sort of CB precautions they they took, don’t they have any foresight to anticipate, to look into handling, securing classifieds?

    And WORST the CB PAP Administration brains which are fully super in LOCKING up Local SG DISSENT and politicians, TAKE PRC for granted all the time, assuming they have the PRC locked SG in their good books. LJ.

    This PAP Administration SORELY LACKS Depths of POLITICAL EQ – as evidenced BY ALL the generalized, motherhood statements they make about WORLD POLITICS all the time. Those statements to the trained eye, LACKED SPECIFICS.

    And shockingly DOES ANY world leader pays ANY ATTENTION to PAP Administration’s words – EXCEPT most of Western press painting PAP good news TO SELL PAPERS.

    Tech: That question I cannot answer you, it is probable that it would be some Major or Captain’s fault, never the top honchos. BTW, did you know that most I talked to still believe that Lee Kuan Yew is the current PM of Singapore? And when I told them that it is now someone else, they say never heard of him. lol

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  • Ah tau:

    Mee Siam ! Mee Siam? Where got mee!

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  • Cancel the PAP:

    Tech: That question I cannot answer you, it is probable that it would be some Major or Captain’s fault, never the top honchos. BTW, did you know that most I talked to still believe that Lee Kuan Yew is the current PM of Singapore? And when I told them that it is now someone else, they say never heard of him. lol

    This is an interesting subject for me, but lengthy herewise which I don’t wish to lengthen readers boredom. I try to conclude my piece, Tech.

    The PAP Administration doctrine of No Blame Culture, of ULTRA disownership of problems and mistakes ARE well DOCUMENTED in SG non official Archives, as well as including Blamemanship to all others EXCEPT themselves, SELFISHLY.

    1.Who got punished when Bionix rose on top of land rover to kill a foreigner turned SGpn.
    2. Who got punished when a soldier inhaled too much of smoke grenade.
    3.Who got jailed when a soldier died of dehydration in a route March.
    4. Who took the PUNISHMENT when a TCS actor died in reservist trg in Australia INSIDE A TANK TURRET.

    ON THE Mighty mistake of Terrexes detained by PRC, it’s NOT GOING to be Hen’s baby. He’s all too important to the PAP to be allowed to go to jail even for an hour NOT BCZ of his stature BUT BCZ OF CORRUPTED MORALS if judicially applied.

    So your thinking of a major or captain is possibly OUT.
    Maybe a NS stevedore.

    Lastly Old Lee is still PM of SG to many people, its bcz of next GE this PAP Administration leadership still want to ride on Old Lee’s legacy to win next GE. And common sense is THEY DO LIKE PEOPLE ALL over the world to be aware Old Lee is HAUNTING SG 365.

    Haha of course I understand the truth of your point.

    PS. One can say critically, PAP Administration is selling and emphasizing SG’s past to create legit.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Cancel the PAP:
    @ Tech: To be fair, what can he do even if he had wanted to. Sinkieland is only “mickey mouse” to China, so said a Chinese General, no?

    You are right – I agree what can Mickey Mouse Loong, the world’s MOST HIGHLY SELF REWARDING PM in the world, do to PRC when they DETAINED at WILL, SG’s Military secrets.

    You guys forget that it is OK if highest paid and perform like Lion King, or lowest paid and perform like Mickey Mouse. But highest paid and perform like Mickey Mouse ….. very, very difficult to explain/accept, hor.

    Why can’t we have someone with (relatively) low pay and yet perform like Lion King? This is the FAILURE of the whole 3G administration.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the answer:

    Straits Times: World News Day: World where people are blinded from facts is a dangerous one

    Without a free press citizens are indeed blinded from the facts. Therefore, they do not know the WHOLE truth can cannot make well informed decisions.

    Singapore is ranked 150+ (out of 180) in terms of press freedom. Therefore, Singapore does not have a free press and Singaporeans do not know the whole truth. Moreover, there is no real accountability and elections are not free and fair.

    The only solution is REGIME CHANGE. THROW OUT THE PAP AT THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTIONS AND MAKE SINGAPORE A REAL DEMOCRACY.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    @ Tech: To be fair, what can he do even if he had wanted to. Sinkieland is only “mickey mouse” to China, so said a Chinese General, no?
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    If Singapore is “mickey mouse” then why steal our great SuZhou park ?

    Why the fcuking Chinese cannot build one themselves and must steal and copy from us ?

    China progress is built on stealing and copying from others.

    Yes, my ancestors are Chinese but that does not mean I must tolerate them stealing or copying my ideas ?

    Anyone who steals from me, even it is same race Chinese, I will still whack him terok terok then hand him over to police.

    人可以有立場(场),但不能是非不分。
    example,
    my friend ti ko and I support democracy and we participate in peaceful mass walk for democracy together.

    during the walk I saw my friend ti ko molest a girl or pick someone pocket in the crowd. Guess what, immediately I arrested him and hand him over to police.

    Or if Ti Ko fall asleep while on guard duty, I will also report him for disciplinary action as he is not performing his job diligently.

    Ti Ko and I may have the same stance but one must be able to distinguish right from wrong.

    Not close one eye just because he also support democracy.

    Get it ?

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    一扫千百年来“小康何敢望,生计且支撑”的喟叹 ….?11
    11111

    There you have it. China 千百年來都是窮的. From 新華社.

    Until 改革開放. 他媽的, 搞什麼飛機. 千白年就四五十年就改善. 靠的竟是被視為”蠻夷”的外國.

    Tech: Err… you mean NOW China still poor?

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Straits Times: New cooling measures: Tighter housing loans, 15-month wait for private home owners to buy HDB flats

    The Government should be open and transparent. What % of resale flat transactions over the last 2 years are bought by private property owners (PPO) downgrading to HDB? PPO should not be “screwed” to “look good” with “heartlanders” (those who stay in public housing.

    Without OPENNESS and TRANSPARENCY in the public sector there is (real) accountability and elections are not free and fair.

    REGIME CHANGE is the solution.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    REGIME CHANGE is the solution:
    Straits Times: New cooling measures: Tighter housing loans, 15-month wait for private home owners to buy HDB flats

    The Government should be open and transparent. What % of resale flat transactions over the last 2 years are bought by private property owners (PPO) downgrading to HDB? PPO should not be “screwed” to “look good” with “heartlanders” (those who stay in public housing.

    Without OPENNESS and TRANSPARENCY in the public sector there is (real) accountability and elections are not free and fair.

    REGIME CHANGE is the solution.

    Question:
    1. How was PPO “screwed” when they sell off their property and made a handsome out of it ?

    2. If PPO made a loss as they can no longer afford to service the loan, then blame themselves for not living within their means? No ?

    3. When you upgrade to private property, did you look down on heartlanders and feel shiok that you are a class above heartlanders ?

    4. Since you look down on heartlanders and never care about them, why should heartlanders care about fake rich like yourselves ?

    Yes, many Singaporeans are FAKE RICH, these group of Singaporeans are what we call 打腫臉皮充胖子。

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    When did i said that ?

    Since you bring it up. Who exactly knows in the future.

    Argentina many years ago once was very rich. Now a different story.

    Rwanda once genocide and so much hatred against each other. However, with right policy, putting all the hatred aside, they manage to restart.

    As my HK friends feedback the rmb currency depreciation already wipe out some of the gains in gdp from the past few years if not all. Somemore burden HK stock market. Meanwhile just KIV.

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  • Asd:

    I think policy is hiding under the biggest skirt so much so that will parrot on TV saying Saddam has WMD and funding the destruction of a nation

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    “Best Bet”? .How come our advanced country with a whole lot of high technology equipments every where never come out with a toto/4D machine at all the mrt stations ? So everybody take mrt/bus can on the way buy a toto ticket/4D ticket from the standalone machine without operator (save the cost of a labour woman operator) .Just press on the machine the 6 toto number to buy,how many ticket,which date draw number, and insert cash .Then toto/4D ticket come out .Machine can sell 24 hrs too.Easier for people no need to waste time queuing at Toto/4D shop outlet.And toto/4D shop outlet can closed down all of them to make way for other business.Have I given LHL government an idea how to make better use of space ? Kick out operations that are needed at malls ! So people don’t need to queue to waste time buying toto/4D tickets ! Time save for the people is equal to money !

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Watch this Tik Tok very interesting -”https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSRCCS2bt/” Don’t missed it .

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