Thursday, July 22, 2004

China unhappy with DPM Lee's visit to Taiwan 

China’s unhappiness over Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to Taiwan on 10 July continues to affect relations between Singapore and China.

On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Kong Quan said Lee’s visit lent support to Taiwan’s “independence” forces, rejecting Lee’s claim that it was “a private and unofficial visit”.

China has now delayed an invitation to National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan to Chengdu (see story).

China’s attempt to bully Singapore over its relationship with Taiwan is understandable, given its sensitivity over Taiwanese independence. However, if China doesn’t let up soon, such bullying risks losing it the goodwill of other friendly nations.


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