Singapore case study shows effort to hold sway in sea dispute

File photo of Chinese warships and jets taking part in a military display in the South China Sea in April.
File photo of Chinese warships and jets taking part in a military display in the South China Sea in April.PHOTO: REUTERS

In a case study on Singapore, the Hoover Institution report says that when the Republic took on the three-year stint as Asean country coordinator in 2016, Chinese diplomats tried to convince Singapore to "explain" China's position on the South China Sea to other Asean countries, or to ensure that the issue was not raised in Asean forums, or, if raised, downplayed.

Such demarches have been routine in all Asean countries for many years, the report says.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2018, with the headline 'S'pore case study shows effort to hold sway in sea dispute'. Print Edition | Subscribe