Catching the wrong straws in the wind

In the turbulence of Sino-US rivalry, the challenge is not to be blown adrift and to be more discerning about apparent signs of support

I was shopping with my mother at the dried goods market in Waterloo Street the other day when I overheard a conversation between a customer and a shop assistant.

Knowing that the shop assistant had not returned to her hometown for two years, the customer comforted her, saying: "There are vaccinated travel lanes now and you will be able to travel back home soon."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2021, with the headline 'Catching the wrong straws in the wind'. Subscribe