Fears for multilateralism at UN meeting, says Vivian

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan delivering Singapore’s National Statement during the General Debate of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on Sept 29, 2018.
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan delivering Singapore’s National Statement during the General Debate of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on Sept 29, 2018.PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said concern over the future of multilateralism was widespread at the United Nations General Assembly last week.

"There is increasing anxiety over unilateralism, anxiety that we are going back to a world where the big impose their will," he told Singapore media last Saturday. He said free trade and cyberspace were the other key themes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2018, with the headline 'Fears for multilateralism at UN meeting, says Vivian'. Print Edition | Subscribe