Evolution of an identity

Being Chinese in Singapore: Chinese influence - a political business

Chinese tourists visiting Singapore's Chinatown Food Street in 2017. Singapore is the only sovereign country outside China with a majority ethnic Chinese population. Performers in a pageant in front of a screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping, d
Chinese tourists visiting Singapore's Chinatown Food Street in 2017. Singapore is the only sovereign country outside China with a majority ethnic Chinese population. ST FILE PHOTO
Chinese tourists visiting Singapore's Chinatown Food Street in 2017. Singapore is the only sovereign country outside China with a majority ethnic Chinese population. Performers in a pageant in front of a screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping, d
Performers in a pageant in front of a screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping, during celebrations on Oct 1 marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Concerns over Chinese influence in Singapore have surfaced from time to time, most recently in a report published in July by United States think-tank The Jamestown Foundation.

The report, written by Global Taiwan Institute executive director Russell Hsiao, asserted that the Chinese Communist Party was using Chinese associations here to influence Chinese Singaporeans.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 13, 2019, with the headline 'Chinese influence: A political business'. Subscribe