Promoting peace dialogues good for Republic

I am astonished at the barrage of online criticisms the past few days on the inconveniences caused during the Trump-Kim summit.

I firmly support this historic moment despite the costs and inconveniences.

Singapore's foreign policy is to make a maximum number of friends in the diplomatic space.

This has ensured that our voice in the international community is hugely disproportionate to our minuscule size in population or economy.

Holding this summit is an excellent way to brandish our credentials as a neutral and fair country.

But it is not only in this summit that Singapore has done this.

For a long while, Singapore has been organising the yearly Shangri-La Dialogue to promote peace conversations in Asia, and interactions among traditional adversarial nations who have conflicting and vested interests in the region.

Holding this summit is an excellent way to brandish our credentials as a neutral and fair country.

Only when the region is at peace, can Singaporeans continue our lifestyles and pursuits.

The bottom line is that we must be a global citizen because this fits our core national interests for plain survival.

Edward Tay Wee Meng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2018, with the headline 'Promoting peace dialogues good for Republic'. Print Edition | Subscribe