China does not manipulate other countries, says envoy

China has made great efforts in carrying out its international responsibilities and put forward some initiatives on regional and global cooperation, including the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. These have gaine
China has made great efforts in carrying out its international responsibilities and put forward some initiatives on regional and global cooperation, including the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. These have gained a positive response from many countries, says China's Ambassador to Singapore. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
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Recent remarks made by Mr Bilahari Kausikan at a forum on public diplomacy and published in The Straits Times have led to comments from the public on China's image.

Mr Kausikan, a former senior diplomat, has not infrequently aired his opinions in the media. His latest speech, however, is a far cry from reality and leaves an unfavourable impression of China on others. It raises the question: How should the world view and understand China? As China's global influence grows, this assumes greater importance, both for China and the rest of the world.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2018, with the headline China does not manipulate other countries, says envoy. Subscribe