Tag: Geopolitics

China Should Abide By the Wisdom of Deng Xiaoping

Deng Xiaoping
As the South China Sea territorial conflict expands to include Chinese claims on Indonesian territory, increasing the chances of a conflict, its leadership might be advised to heed the wisdom of Deng Xiaoping, who opened China to foreign investment and stabilised relations with the...

Why National Service is Necessary

National Service
With the recent launch of the SAF Volunteer Scheme, the questions of NS's relevance is raised amongst the public. Considered a pillar of defence policy in Singapore, the Volunteer Scheme seems designed to appease the public about the lack of involvement by PRs and...

Indonesia & China struggling over the South China Sea?

South China Sea
Is Beijing targeting Indonesia? According to The Diplomat, the Natuna Islands may be the next claim of China in the South China Sea. But the difference this time is the fact that it belongs to Indonesia. Beijing recently promulgated a map with certain boundaries that...

Stingy or generous?

By Elias Tan Singapore is relatively stingy: America, Europe and Japan together donated US $76 million to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan while Singapore pledged to give S$50,000. As expected, netizens slammed the government for not doing more to help the victims,...

Bonsai Nation: Will Singapore matter when China becomes No. 1?

By Bob Tan “Singapore is a bonsai in China’s image – a miniature doppleganger similar in all respects save size.” -China is to be studied, not feared 1 (July 17 2010) There are few uplifting conclusions to draw upon when one is compared to a bonsai. A...