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A race for influence in Pacific Islands

I read with interest the Editorial, “A race for influence in Pacific Islands” (ST, Oct 4) and pondering its implications.

Within last decade, China has been actively pursuing its friendly, cooperative and peaceful foreign policy and soft power diplomacy to expand, deepen its global influence.

Since the Silk Road Economic Belt component of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative was launched in 2013, China is aggressively focusing upon its economic development strategy, cooperation framework and connectivity among countries in Eurasia and Africa.

Similarly, China has established its diplomatic relations with at least 10 Pacific Islands states (such as Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Honiara, Suva, New Caledonia, Apia, Cook Islands, Niue, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Kanaky Nauru, Tokelau) since 1970s, and deepened its economic, technological cooperations and developments with these Pacific Islands states from 2014 onwards without any attached agenda.

In short, China aims to strike an equilibrium balance among its amazing economic power and swiftly growing international diplomacy.

Upon realising China’s aggressive diplomacy within the Pacific Islands region in recent years, the Western alliance, especially the US has started taking corrective actions to turn the whole game around which is after years of benign neglect towards the South Pacific.

Most importantly, what implications or influence would China’s pragmatic foreign policies and diplomacy impact small countries like Singapore:

1 Any economic cooperations and developments should not have any attachment of political and military agenda?

2 The foreign diplomacy should be built upon the basis of mutual respect and benefits?

3 Absolutely no interference of respective country’s governance and sovereignty?

 

Teo Kueh Liang (Mr)

 

 

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31 Responses to “A race for influence in Pacific Islands”

  • xoxo:

    Oh no issues,right?
    China just emulating the fine example of IMF.
    China’s conditions are not anymore harsh.
    So,whats the complaint?

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  • Look out!:

    When the West forget about South Pacific, that is “benign neglect towards the South Pacific.” South Pacific should thank their lucky stars.

    When the West focus on you, even God could not help you. Your country could be destroyed, similar to Vietnam, Korea, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Okinawa, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya, Somalia, Niger, Cuba, Grenada, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Serbia, Ukraine, …

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  • US Partners Cannon Fodder:

    Biden proposes cooperation and support to trusted partners, shifting from a strategy that is “US-led, partner-enabled” to one that is “partner-led, US-enabled”.

    Ukraine: Partner-led, US enabled.
    Ukrainians at the front line, at the centre, at the back, all cannon fodder.

    Poland: Volunteer for partner-led, ask for nuclear missile. Polish volunteered to be fully wiped out in a nuclear fight between US and Russia.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    US Partners Cannon Fodder:
    Biden proposes cooperation and support to trusted partners, shifting from a strategy that is “US-led, partner-enabled” to one that is “partner-led, US-enabled”.

    Ukraine: Partner-led, US enabled.
    Ukrainians at the front line, at the centre, at the back, all cannon fodder.

    Poland: Volunteer for partner-led, ask for nuclear missile. Polish volunteered to be fully wiped out in a nuclear fight between US and Russia.

    “To be an enemy of America can be dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal.”
    — Henry Kissinger

    “America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests”
    — Henry Kissinger

    Ukraine war also expose the Chinese to be 4 headed snake, worst than India.

    Like BK said, our backyard is ASEAN. Our backyard burnt we burnt.
    ASEAN leaders must be smart and not be used as canon fodder by Americunt/Cheese.

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  • xoxo:

    No doubt,we are Asean but don’t forget,we are a part of Asia,like it or not.
    Even Aussie PM Albanese understands this fact.
    Who is the bully and the crook,time will reveal.
    There are evils everywhere,West or East,Democracy or Socialist.
    To be frank,i abhor the atrocities ,be it from communist or democrat.
    EVIL IS EVIL.
    Worse is when wolves hide themselves in sheepskin and demons appear as angels to con man.
    Greed ,power and other evils seem to be more and more order of the day.
    It is a scary world.
    But for sure,the Devil may not defintelt appear as a communist but an *Advocate* of so-called *FREE MAN* from the freest democracies of the world.
    Who knows?

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  • stupid people vote pap:

    “To be an enemy of pap can be dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal.”
    — so stop voting pap

    “pap has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests”
    — that is why pap pays each other S$m pa and if you vote pap and are not paid S$m pa then for 100% certainty you are voting pap for nothing

    Free Riders in Singapore also expose the pap to be 4 headed snake, worst than India.

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  • Asd:

    I think whatever the case the policy will be hiding under the biggest skirt la

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  • idontbelieveinccpbs:

    China is promising a lot of money and loan, their initial requirement was to build a naval base and have soldiers/police in country to help Solomon to fight against protestors. I suspect a lot of money was paid to the President to allow this. However this plan was leaked and many nations and Australia found out, the President then U turned to say there is no naval base and soldiers nor police to be in the island.

    Against all the objections, Solomon is still sending his security chief to China to get training.

    All these are similar to Chinese business tactics where they go into China to discuss how the money can be arranged into their offshore accounts. This how HW won a lot of businesses in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Europe.

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  • idontbelieveinccpbs:

    I believe China is building naval bases in many regions is because they want to be ready to take on US/NATO when they invade Taiwan or expand their turfs.

    No one is building naval base for fun, it is either for security or war. China is ganging up with Russia to build naval bases in the artic.

    If China invades Taiwan, we would either see US giving up on helping Taiwan or a full scale war with China and Russia. It looks like Xi in his third term wants to be known as the great conqueror who united China where no one could, bigger than Mao.

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  • SINGAROAR:

    Why would any country in the world send a police force to another country?Isn’t it to help the ruling govt. to subdue the citizens?This is communism in action.China has many investments there.The people in Solomon Islands itself will burn down Communist owned assets if China oversteps the boundaries in a sovereign state.

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  • Pappy puppy:

    You asked your pappy master why we have Gurkha police here, employed by UK.

    SINGAROAR:
    Why would any country in the world send a police force to another country?Isn’t it to help the ruling govt. to subdue the citizens?This is communism in action.China has many investments there.The people in Solomon Islands itself will burn down Communist owned assets if China oversteps the boundaries in a sovereign state.

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  • knn:

    idontbelieveinccpbs:
    China is promising a lot of money and loan, their initial requirement was to build a naval base and have soldiers/police in country to help Solomon to fight against protestors. I suspect a lot of money was paid to the President to allow this. However this plan was leaked and many nations and Australia found out, the President then U turned to say there is no naval base and soldiers nor police to be in the island.

    Against all the objections, Solomon is still sending his security chief to China to get training.

    All these are similar to Chinese business tactics where they go into China to discuss how the money can be arranged into their offshore accounts. This how HW won a lot of businesses in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Europe.

    Grow up boy. If you need any education of the real world, just ask. Don’t sound so silly by farting from the wrong hole.

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  • SINGAROAR:

    @Pappy puppy
    The Gurkha are employed directly by the Singapore govt.They are not sent here by the Indian govt.to train the local police.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Chinese, like the Americunts, are thieve, bandit.

    Be wary of them.

    Return us the SouZhou Industrial Park before talking about helping Pacific Islands.

    Tech: Err… SuZhou was never stolen or taken away, return simi?

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  • Pappy puppy:

    Did you ask your pappy master, or you just assume?

    https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-03-13-exclusive-british-army-earns-money-recruiting-police-for-singapore-in-bizarre-colonial-era-scheme/

    SINGAROAR:
    @Pappy puppy
    The Gurkha are employed directly by the Singapore govt.They are not sent here by the Indian govt.to train the local police.

    Tech: Unless the policies have changed after I left Sinkieland, I can confirm that the Gurkhas are directly employed by Sinkieland and they fall under the purview of the SPF, even though they have their own UK (not India) camp commander (AC rank). As such, they can be recruited by Tom, Dick or Harry does not change the fact that the GCSPF (which they are identified) is UNDER the police force. However, these Gurkhas have more perks over the local police officers, like pension after they retire, among other things. Their in camp training is also longer than local constable, 10 months at Mt Vernon as opposed to 6 months at PA.

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  • xoxo:

    How many times U$A rushed OUT OF THE DOOR after stirring shit and it *spilt* all over?

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Singaporean R Free Rider:
    Chinese, like the Americunts, are thieve, bandit.

    Be wary of them.

    Return us the SouZhou Industrial Park before talking about helping Pacific Islands.

    Tech: Err… SuZhou was never stolen or taken away, return simi?

    Why you tell lies/spread fake news like a certain President ? The below reply by you clearly show that you knew our SuZhou Industrial Park was stolen from us.

    https://www.tremeritus.net/2022/10/17/why-china-continues-with-the-zero-covid-19-policy/

    TRE Tech: It would therefore be suicide to even think of picking a quarrel with them unless Sinkieland can afford to lose another SuZhou Industrial Park or any or all of Temasick’s investment in the country.

    TRE Tech: I try very hard to make it a point to comment only on things that I know as a matter of fact or I have seen or experienced,

    You need to work harder to verify the facts before you comment least you got sued hor…a friendly reminder to you…

    Tech: Hello, can afford to lose means many things, not necessarily by theft or robbery, right? Come to think of it, how do you think was SuZhou allegedly ‘stolen’? Please enlighten me.

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  • knn:

    Singaporean R Free Rider: Why you tell lies/spread fake news like a certain President ? The below reply by you clearly show that you knew our SuZhou Industrial Park was stolen from us.

    https://www.tremeritus.net/2022/10/17/why-china-continues-with-the-zero-covid-19-policy/

    You need to work harder to verify the facts before you comment least you got sued hor…a friendly reminder to you…

    Tech: Hello, can afford to lose means many things, not necessarily by theft or robbery, right? Come to think of it, how do you think was SuZhou allegedly ‘stolen’? Please enlighten me.

    Tech, this ass is spreading lies and disinformation here everyday. This is his full time job.

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  • Raining:

    China,= heaven

    Taiwan,= soon Wu koong (

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Singaporean R Free Rider: Tech: Hello, can afford to lose means many things, not necessarily by theft or robbery, right? Come to think of it, how do you think was SuZhou allegedly ‘stolen’? Please enlighten me.

    Don’t pretend to be naive…

    There are many ways to steal things…

    Q. Why did they kill the horse in The Godfather?

    Ans: The horse was very important to the owner so they killed the horse to cause him as much mental pain as possible. This horrifying act was done to frighten the movie producer into giving a coveted role to a godson of the Godfather.

    Isn’t this the same as what the Chinese did to us?

    Q. Why did they, the Chinese, build another similar Industrial Park beside our SuZhou Industrial Park (SIP) ?

    Ans: The (SIP) is very important to Singapore so the Chinese built another one beside ours to steal business away from our SIP. This cause us Singaporeans much mental pain and this horrifying act was actually done to force Singapore into giving up our ownership of SIP to the Chinese.

    Is this not stealing ?

    See, the Chinese and Americunt are the same. Both are thieves, mafia.

    Tech: I see. So in front of my estate, the shopping center got KFC, then McDonald opened an outlet just directly in front of the KFC in an opposite unit, about 20 meters away, so Mcdonald, in your logic ‘stole’ from KFC?

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  • SRFR BIG THIEF:

    In scolding west, he steals from CCP/Putin lovers.

    In scolding east, he steals from western sheep.

    In the narrow minded world of sheep, he steals from everybody.

    Singaporean R Free Rider: See, the Chinese and Americunt are the same. Both are thieves, mafia.

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  • Basket:

    UK pm I think still got congralutory letter still on the way and some not even open yet!

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  • Basket:

    All these present head head better look into space for another earth like planet to lead!cos mother earth had enough of their wahyang wahyang ready.

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  • Basket:

    Is never good to bring problem b4 one gos to sleep. Really.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Singaporean R Free Rider: See, the Chinese and Americunt are the same. Both are thieves, mafia.

    Tech: I see. So in front of my estate, the shopping center got KFC, then McDonald opened an outlet just directly in front of the KFC in an opposite unit, about 20 meters away, so Mcdonald, in your logic ‘stole’ from KFC?

    And I ask you, Why not ?

    All you have to do is bribe the Chinese KFC manager to provide weekly, monthly sales volume statistics to you and you had the figures to decide if it is worthwhile to open a branch there.

    You think McDonald blindly open a branch there without doing a feasibility / verification study ?

    You think McDonald is stopid like Gilbert Goh who never verify and give out aids blindly ?

    Many here had experienced how dishonest the Chinese are and you think such scenario won’t happen?

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  • Fasten your seat belt:

    To China haters, don’t fall off your chair when watching this video clip:

    https://m.toutiao.com/video/7156576485338369316/?app=news_article&timestamp=1666277432&share_token=A3755B46-FEAA-4489-A800-C42FE4233363&tt_from=copy_link&utm_source=copy_link&utm_medium=toutiao_ios&utm_campaign=client_share

    And this one got interesting reactions from audience:

    https://m.toutiao.com/is/Mmdmxwm/ 凤凰卫视: 美国知名学者称赞中国官员全世界最专业 批美国政治精英文化傲慢 – 今日头条

    More and more western people will come to speak the truth

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  • Western Sheep:

    An intelligent well-informed American speaks the truth: Since 1950s, US is the most violent country in the world.

    In total contrast, a Blur Kuku claims that US has been very benign. He’s a laughable simpleton vomit of western propaganda (his self-description). Another blur kuku claims that US has not killed any Asians since WW1. Sibei sia suay.

    Fasten your seat belt:
    To China haters, don’t fall off your chair when watching this video clip:

    https://m.toutiao.com/video/7156576485338369316/?app=news_article&timestamp=1666277432&share_token=A3755B46-FEAA-4489-A800-C42FE4233363&tt_from=copy_link&utm_source=copy_link&utm_medium=toutiao_ios&utm_campaign=client_share

    And this one got interesting reactions from audience:

    https://m.toutiao.com/is/Mmdmxwm/ 凤凰卫视: 美国知名学者称赞中国官员全世界最专业 批美国政治精英文化傲慢 – 今日头条

    More and more western people will come to speak the truth

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  • The worst of US:

    Apart from committing large scale genocide of natives, illegitimate invasion of countries killing millions of innocent civilians and unilaterally sanctioned other countries because they don’t follow US ‘rules’ such as do not use USD for trade, etc. the WORST is US keeps printing money and the debts skyrocketed to now more than 30trillion dollars! When US can no longer handle the debts, worldwide severe financial crisis break out and perhaps US will launch wars to loot other countries resources and force them to waive the US debt bonds they hold.

    This is how evil US (and her lapdogs) are. Don’t rule out the above possibilities. We need China strengthen Shanghai organisation group to deter any more evil behaviours from US + lapdogs.

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  • knn:

    Western Sheep:
    An intelligent well-informed American speaks the truth: Since 1950s, US is the most violent country in the world.

    In total contrast, a Blur Kuku claims that US has been very benign. He’s a laughable simpleton vomit of western propaganda (his self-description). Another blur kuku claims that US has not killed any Asians since WW1. Sibei sia suay.

    Tell the Blur Kuku to ask the Pacific Islanders, the Africans, the descendants of black slaves, the Latin Americans, the Arabs and Muslims, the North Koreans, the Afghans, the Vietnamese, the Yugoslavakians, the Carribeans, the Diego Garcians, etc etc.

    The only one they are kind to is the red dot, for being very useful to them.

    Don’t bother to ask the Red Indians, you can’t find them anymore. Terminated. Extinct. The first human race threatened with extinction by the savage acts of the white Americans.

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  • Western Sheep:

    No chance to ask Blur Kuku. He’s busy doing “laughable simpleton vomit of western propaganda.”

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