Public dispute hurts both sides

Singapore has adopted a consistent and fairly neutral stance on the South China Sea dispute. While it does not take sides with any claimant state, it has advocated peaceful dispute resolution and respect for international law.

Singapore and China share economic interests on multiple fronts, including the Tianjin Eco-city, Suzhou Industrial Park and Chongqing Connectivity Initiative. China is also one of Singapore's largest trading partners.

A public dispute between China and Singapore will only weaken investor confidence in both countries ("S'pore envoy refutes China report on S. China Sea"; Sept 27).

Yong Chang Jun, 18, second-year junior college student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2016, with the headline 'Public dispute hurts both sides'. Print Edition | Subscribe