Rise Of The Middle Kingdom

by Patrick Liew on May 22, 2017

From a historical perspective, when Chinese rulers became powerful, they may not have an expansionist policy.

But they have a tendency to exert their weight and get neighbouring countries to pay tributes to them.

The years of being abused by foreign forces may not have made them any wiser or more empathetic.

China believes it’s the middle kingdom (中国), somewhat the epicenter of the ancient world.

Even those who can conquer China will be subsumed into its culture. (Think Mongolian or Manchurian dynasties.)

On one hand, it’s a sense of self-efficacy and confidence – which is good for growth.

The flip side is a sense of superiority complex, which if not reign in properly, can wrought damages as seen in many dark chapters of Chinese history.

My take is that with the rise of a new era, China should be mindful that it’s at an inflection point and they should build stronger bridges, especially with neighbouring countries.

China needs stronger relationships to fulfill its OBOR blueprint and to strengthen its economy, especially with “all-weather” friends like Singapore.

In recently times, they’re sending negative signals through different channels and posturing in the hope of influencing Singapore to pivot towards them.

Meanwhile, we have to stay calm. We have to close ranks as one united people.

We have to send a clear signal that we take an objective, neutral, and principles-based position.

We support a world that is governed by laws, rules and principles and not by strength, might or force.

We encourage individuals, groups and organizations to support a rules-based world order for the good of humanity and the environment.

When China knows that our intentions are clear and our policies are for their good, we’ll be able to have a more stable, secure and sustainable relationship.

For example, when they want to hear genuine feedback about OBOR, they can count on us to offer them the truth, including hard and inconvenient truths.

We will not offer words to serve our own interests or words they want to hear.

We can also play a useful part in contributing to their economic growth.

It’s the strong economic growth that has has kept China relatively stable and intact.

Economic growth has neutralized social disorder and civil unrest, the bigger elephant in the room.

http://themiddleground.sg/2017/05/17/pm-wasnt-invited-beijing/

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Singapore – China Relations: A Chess Game?

by Patrick Liew on May 22, 2017

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-18/singapore-out-in-the-cold-as-southeast-asia-chases-china-cash

1. There’s a chess game going on between Singapore and China to see who would make a disadvantageous move.

On one hand, China is sending negative signals.

On the other hand, they know that Singapore is still of use to them.

Singapore has been China’s largest foreign investor since 2013 and a nett contributor since Deng Xiaoping opened up the economy.

We are still a needed partner for the OBOR and their future.

2. Trade to the U.S. is a power play and a bargaining chip for foreign influence and relations.

For China, it used to be that trading is an extension of foreign relations.

It’s somehow changing its position and seeking stronger geopolitical control and influence through trade and commerce.

In that sense, the motive for initiating OBOR is suspect and more than what meets the eyes.

3. China knows that SG holds an influential position in both the regional and global geopolitical arenas.

They are leveraging on Trump’s nativist nationalism to see if we’ll change our foreign policy and direction.

They want us to stand on their side or at the least, lean towards them.

Hence, the current blow-hot-and-blow-cold relationship.

4. As a small nation, we have to stay wisely neutral.

We have to support a world that is governed by laws, rules and principles and not by strength, might or force.

We must engage and enroll others to support a rules-based world order and the multilateral institutions which uphold such an order.

We cannot compromise or be seen to compromise our principles-based stand.

There are no free lunches. If we stretch out our hands for goodies or import debt from a stronger country, there may be a price or a favour to return.

If we take a transactional or short term approach, we may not be taken seriously in the long term.

Or worst, we may find ourselves being shoved around on the geopolitical stage in the future.

5. Let’s continue to engage China and demonstrate to them that we have stood by them.

We will continue to stand by them but we stand on principles for the good of the world and the environment.

By doing that, we will have a more stable, secure and sustainable relationship.

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