Tag: XI JINPING

Tough to do business in China, foreign companies cry foul

China, the champion of free trade, is facing a backlash with European firms claiming it is increasingly tough to conduct business in the country amid favours given to domestic firms. A survey by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China revealed that 80 percent...

Is China destabilising Singapore to seal its conquest of South China Sea?

China has set its radar onto the tiny Republic of Singapore, which it sees as a final hurdle in its grand designs to impose its will with the belt and road initiative (BRI). At least, this is what opponents to the Chinese plans within the...

S’pore sought formal invitation for PM Lee from China for OBOR forum: Bloomberg

The Singapore Government had sought a “formal invitation” from China for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to attend the recent One Belt One Road (OBOR) forum in Beijing. The Chinese, however, apparently declined to extend such an invitation, according to a report by Bloomberg. The...

PM Lee’s absence in B&R forum in Beijing – is China still throwing a tantrum?

The reply by Minister of National Development, Lawrence Wong, was a curious and perhaps a telling one. When asked by reporters on Tuesday why Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was not attending the Belt and Road forum in Beijing, Mr Wong said "the invitation was...

Can China’s OBOR Outlive ASEAN’s Complexities?

When the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, first articulated the ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative in 2013, international media were slow to discover its significance. It was only several months later that world media began to recognise the initiative’s potential and reports started to emerge...