China must learn diplomatic skills to resolve issues

China's "influence operations" using propaganda tools and setting up institutions on the pretext of spreading Confucian teachings should be seen in the same light as the spreading of radical Islamist ideas (S'poreans should be aware of China's influence ops: Bilahari; June 28).

If we are not careful, the situation could be dire and possibly irreversible. Racial chauvinism could start to creep in and fragment our multiracial society.

Fifty years ago, China's propaganda objective was the spread of communism. Now, it is to sway countries in Asia to support its territorial claims.

As a future superpower, China should have confidence and learn to use diplomatic skills to resolve its issues and fight for its own interests.

Using old communist propaganda tricks under the guise of Confucianism is low grade and will not make China go very far.

Roy Goh Hin Soon

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2018, with the headline 'China must learn diplomatic skills to resolve issues'. Print Edition | Subscribe