Singapore’s foreign minister said ‘US-China competition causes insecurity’, what did Mr. Wang Yi say?

Singapore's foreign minister said the US-China competition caused insecurity, what did Mr. Wang Yi say?  - Photo 1.

Mr. Wang Yi (left) at a press conference with Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on September 14 – Photo: AFP

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan held a joint press conference on September 14, ending Wang Yi’s two-day visit.

The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and Singapore republished the contents of this short joint press conference.

Algae Union (LHZB), a Chinese-language newspaper in Singapore, questioned both Mr. Wang Yi and Mr. Vivian about the numerous visits by US and Chinese officials to Southeast Asia in recent months.

Singapore’s foreign minister argued that both the US and China have an important role to play in Southeast Asia. He described the US as having “a healthy, constructive and active presence in the region for decades”. In the opposite direction, China is rising strongly and this is an “irreversible” trend.

“Right now, at this point in history, the biggest question is how the rise of China will affect the relationship with the US – the current superpower,” Vivian said.

According to Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian, competition between the US and China is “inevitable”, but he hopes it will be “constructive competition” and the two sides will still work together in areas such as transformation. climate, fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Singapore diplomat noted that the rivalry between the US and China in recent months has created “some discomfort and insecurity in the region”.

“No one wants to be forced to choose sides. For us, we hope both the US and China will find a suitable way to behave in their relationship, open channels of communication, management. tensions and frictions when they arise and find solutions to move forward despite the differences,” said Mr. Vivian.

For his part, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that some countries were “unaccustomed to China’s development” leading to suspicion and “serious erroneous” assessment, according to a press conference summary released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. China announced.

“The US could be in such a situation. We hope the US can objectively and rationally view China’s development like Singapore and other countries. Washington should understand that in this world, America is not the only country with the right to development. Other countries also have this right,” he said.

This is not the first time that US-China competition has raised concerns in Southeast Asia. Last August, during a visit to Singapore, US Vice President Kamala Harris reaffirmed that Washington’s foreign policy is not aimed at forcing countries to choose sides.

“Singapore is a close friend of China and the US. We will always speak and share with friends our views openly and honestly, but at the same time try to be constructive,” Foreign Minister Vivian said. said while turning to Mr. Wang Yi.

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