Banned “agent of influence” Huang Jing loses appeal against expulsion


The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced today that prominent Chinese-born US citizen, Professor Huang Jing, has lost his appeal against Singapore’s decision to permanently ban him from the country for allegedly being an “agent of influence of a foreign country.”

The interior ministry announced that it has expelled Huang Jing on 4 August 2017 for knowingly interacting with intelligence organisations and agents of foreign country and cooperating with them to influence the Singapore Government’s foreign policy and public opinion in Singapore.

It also cancelled the Permanent Residency of Huang’s wife, Yang Xiuping, as well since she was allegedly aware that her husband was using his position as a senior professor “to advance the agenda of a foreign country.” The couple has also been permanently banned from re-entering the country.

The MHA charged that Huang used his position as Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation, and Lee Foundation Professor on US-China Relations at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) to “deliberately and covertly advance the agenda of a foreign country at Singapore’s expense. He did this as he collaborated with foreign intelligence agents.”

Huang was charged with engaging and disseminating “privileged information” about a foreign country to prominent and influential Singaporeans, with the aim of influencing their opinion in the favour of that country. This, the MHA asserted, represents subversion and represents foreign interference in domestic politics.

One of the people Huang shared such “privileged information” with was a senior member of the LKYSPP so that the member could convey the information to the Singapore Government. The senior member eventually relayed the information to “very senior public officials who were in a position to direct Singapore’s foreign policy. However, the Singapore Government declined to act on the “privileged information.””

MHA asserted that the clear intention was to use the information at hand to cause the Singapore Government to change its foreign policy.

The ministry also said that Huang recruited others to aid his operations.

In response, Huang challenged MHA’s accusations and appealed their decision. He told the South China Morning Post that he would also seek help from the US embassy in Singapore, adding:

“It’s nonsense to identify me as ‘an agent of influence’ for a foreign country. And why didn’t they identify which foreign country they’re referring to? Is it the US or China?”

Although the MHA did not specify which government he was accused of working for, it has been speculated that they were referring to China as the academic has written extensively on China and contributed to state-run media on a regular basis.

The ministry asserted today that the couple “will have to leave Singapore within a stipulated grace period” and that the decision is final.

It is unclear how long the grace period is.

Huang Jing’s expulsion comes at a time when once warm relations between Singapore and China may be turning frosty.

Tensions between the two nations peaked late last year when China seized and detained nine of Singapore’s Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles in Hong Kong as the vehicles were returning to Singapore after a military exercise in self-ruling Taiwan which China considers a renegade province.


  1. It’s good to deport him back to eat see pei fong. Today you don’t sack him, tomorrow he climbs on top your head. You know what I mean? Singapore not need these type of sooth sayer. There are plenty of them in China and everywhere on Singapore roads and coffee shops.

  2. If Singapore is smart enough, just play along since he is already been exposed. By not playing along may backfire to this small dot, especially US Navy ships keep colluding….

  3. He said that ““It’s nonsense to identify me as ‘an agent of influence’ for a foreign country. And why didn’t they identify which foreign country they’re referring to? Is it the US or China?”” Singapore government should answer to that to show that it is not falsely accusing him. We should know which country is engaging FT to work against our interests (gahmen interests).

    • And in every business that Singapore is profit making. PAP employ PRC staff who learns what is inside and then they go to get high pay with their masters at high power money making posts.

  4. Why do global elites continue to support an authoritarian communist government in China? And why do some Singaporeans who hate authoritarian PAP support authoritarian CCP China?Is this hypocrisy or what?

    • Do we support the invasive China breed chinese? No. But our PAP like them around and use them in important positions. A fren’s fren boasts his high rent to 3 GIC PRC staff, all master degree. Do we have the critical mass to step out?

    • Speaking of authoritarian, last I researched Singapore is top of that list. As for China being a communist country, it’s only in name, as the world knows private properties are allowed in China, and hence the admission to WTO. The disdain you have for China, as far as I can see, is how you are brainwashed by the western medias, cute, but far from accurate.

    • Raimundo Oliverira are you then saying that China is not an authoritarian regime? CCP directs the economy through the commercial Chinese banks and dictates how they should lend to the Chinese companies and not allowing the banks to take actions to sue and bring companies who defaults on loans to court for bankruptcy. It is all state directed. No capitalistic economy does this. In addition, CCP caps the salaries of the CEO and top management of state owned companies in Chinese despite them being listed in the stock market.

    • Mohan Sinnapillay they taught CCP in the early years back in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Singapore was their role model then and I believe it was the global elites’ pet experiment which was incubated in Singapore and then replicated and scaled-up in China.

  5. China is planning to choke us. They use corrupt Asean leaders for their agenda. In my books, Communist will never change their colours. Initially they act like angels, once they got enough money n power , they will flex. Bringing PRC folks is dangerous. All our expensive adventures in China seems to be a failure. What happened to Dalian port n Suzhou? Tianjin Eco City looks like ghost town. China is spending billions everywhere. Why must we invest there? How many Singaporeans benefitted? We are still in debts to this govt. You cannot catch fish near your water but want to go far ? Then better be dead sure that your boat can return.

  6. When need you they give you all the sky high $$$$$$, when your value is not to their advantage they will give a reason to remove you. The problem is away other not they themselves. ex MRT down n down , is not their problem is the technology n Singaporeans problem, why you never locate yourself extra time for travel. Not the G or the SMRT problems. You Singaporeans citizens problem.

  7. Let Evil foreigner stay here done more harm than good. He bits the hands that feeds him. Expel him & his family back to his country origin. As he is holding USA green card, born in China and yet received SG PR .what is his motive behind. such a complicate back ground. Confiscate his assets. Should lock him behind bar feed him curry rice everyday. Since he is a greedy fat pig

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