The Straits Times
Published on Sep 08, 2012

PM Lee reiterates S'pore's stand on South China Sea to US, Philippines


Vladivostok - A day after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that his views on the South China Sea are understood by Chinese leaders, he reiterated his stance to the United States and the Philippines.

Mr Lee met with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines, and United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a flurry of back-to-back bilateral meetings on Saturday morning on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Economic Leaders' Meeting this weekend.

"With President Aquino and Secretary Clinton, Prime Minister Lee reiterated Singapore's position that while we do not have a claim in the South China Sea, we do have an interest in preserving the peace and stability, as well as freedom of navigation in the area," a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.

Mr Lee again urged "moderation and restraint" while pushing for Asean to be at the heart of the discussions.