Over the years, Lee has been vocal in calling for the US and China to avoid a clash that could force smaller nations to choose sides.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday warned the United States against aggressively challenging China, saying Washington’s increasingly hard-line views could be „very dangerous.“
He said the United States had moved from an approach of healthy competition with China to the view that America „must win, one way or another.“
The US wants to form stronger partnerships in the region to counter China
“Secretary Austin’s visit will demonstrate the importance the Biden-Harris Administration places on Southeast Asia and on ASEAN as an essential part of the Indo-Pacific’s architecture,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, referring to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations bloc.
The U.S. embassy in Hanoi said on Tuesday that Austin’s trip would start on July 23.
Singapore’s lone opposition party in parliament has said it will oppose a controversial fake news bill that has been criticized by rights groups, journalists and tech firms as a debate over the proposed legislation entered a second day on Wednesday.
Now ninety-seven academics from around the world with expertise in Singapore and Asia have signed a letter warning the proposed legislation „may deter scholarship and set precedents harmful to global academia.“
„We are concerned that the proposed legislation will have unintended detrimental consequences for scholars and research in Singapore,“ said the group, who included academics from Harvard and Yale, as well as institutions in Britain, Australia, and parts of Asia.
Australia said it will legislate “tough” new laws to prevent social-media platforms from being “weaponized” by terrorists and extremists who may use them to live-stream violent crimes, such as this month’s terror attack in New Zealand. Singapore said it will introduce a law to halt the spread of “fake news.”
Yesterday’s ministerial meeting coincided with a national remembrance service in New Zealand for the 50 people killed in the attack by a white supremacist at two mosques on March 15.
At a news conference after the meeting, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan said that new media and technologies had allowed for the promotion of hate speech and posed a threat to the „broad centre“ of society.
U.S.-Verteidigungsminister James Mattis und sein südkoreanischer Amtskollege Jeong Kyeong Doo trafen diese Entscheidung während der Sicherheitskonferenz am 19.10.2018 in Singapur.
Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe agreed with the United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis here Thursday to control risks and deepen mutual trust so as to make the relations between the two militaries a stabilizer for the China-U.S. relationship.
(30.8.2018) Investigative news outlet Vox cited „multiple sources familiar with the negotiations“ as saying Trump made the promise during his summit with Kim in Singapore in June.
The report said Trump made the promise and later qualified it by asking North Korea to dismantle most of its nuclear arsenal first.
State-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday that North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho will make an official visit to Iran soon, after participating in Saturday’s ASEAN Regional Forum meeting.
The news agency did not disclose further details about the upcoming visit of the North Korean political delegation to Iran.
(20.7.2018) Iran will sign a cooperation treaty with Southeast Asia at an upcoming meeting that will also be attended by U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and North Korean officials, a Singaporean diplomat said.
While many had been curious if Pyongyang and Washington will meet this week,… no official announcement has been made by either side. But Pompeo will be meeting with South Korea’s foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha Saturday morning. An interesting thing to note, is that all key players surrounding the geopolitical situation on the Korean Peninsula, namely the two Koreas, the U.S. and China, will all gather in just a moment, as Singapore hosts a gala dinner for the participants of this year’s forum. That’s all from me for now Daniel.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Pompeo on the sidelines of a regional summit in Singapore, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said Pompeo told him he was “was willing to maintain constructive contact”.
“As two members of the U.N. Security Council and the world’s largest two economies, we should of course maintain talks at all times,” Wang said.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho began his trip to Singapore on Friday to attend an annual forum hosted by a group of Southeast Asian countries amid speculation about whether he will meet bilaterally with his South Korean and U.S. counterparts.
From 3 to 8 August 2018, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, will travel to Singapore, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and Australia. In Singapore on 3-4 August, the High Representative/Vice-President will co-chair the annual Post-Ministerial Conference between the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), just three months after EU Foreign Ministers decided to enhance EU security cooperation in and with Asia.
From here on, it’s expected that North Korea and the U.S. will focus on finding a middle ground between the U.S. giving the regime a security guarantee through measures like ending the Korean War… and Pyongyang taking steps to denuclearize. This week, the foreign ministers of the two Koreas, the U.S., and China will all be attending the ASEAN Regional Forum in Singapore.
Chairman Kim Jong Un expressed his expectation and conviction that good personal relations forged with President Trump and his sentiments of good faith built towards the latter at the Singapore summit and talks would be further consolidated through the process of future dialogues such as high-level talks this time.
But, the U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization just calling for CVID, declaration and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit meeting and talks.
The U.S. side never mentioned the issue of establishing a peace regime on the Korean peninsula which is essential for defusing tension and preventing a war. It took the position that it would even backtrack on the issue it had agreed on to end the status of war under certain conditions and excuses.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has revived the muscular foreign policy that characterised his first stint in power, seeking to renegotiate a longstanding water supply agreement with Singapore and taking shots at both the US and China.
Let’s hope Kim Jong-un doesn’t go nuts on his plane home and pull out of the communique he just signed with Donald Trump in Singapore.
Obama was attacked as ‘naive’ and ‘weak’ for talking to America’s enemies. Trump is turning it into a political asset.
Sentosa Island, Singapore
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiled and waved to a cheering crowd during a surprise late-night tour of Singapore on the eve of his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
About 100 reporters and Singapore residents shouted his name and took pictures with phones as Kim visited Marina Bay Sands resort, famed for its rooftop infinity pool overlooking the city.
He appeared in two selfies with ministers Vivian Balakrishnan and Ong Ye Kung.
The location they were at is Gardens By The Bay.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un today. This is the first meeting between the two leaders.
PM Lee Hsien Loong visited officers from the SAF and Home Team, and toured the International Media Centre set up by the Ministry of Communications and Information at the F1 Pit Building on 10 June 2018. These were part of the preparations for the DPRK-US Singapore Summit taking place on 12 June 2018.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore ahead of a June 12 summit with President Donald Trump.
A Chinese private jet is on its way to Singapore from North Korea… possibly carrying Kim Jong-un to his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. According to flight-tracking website Flightradar24,… the Air China plane took off from Pyongyang Airport at around 8.30 a.m.,… after arriving from Beijing earlier in the morning. The site says the plane initially reported that it was bound for Beijing… but as it neared the Chinese capital it changed its flight number… and its destination.
Let’s start with the North Korea-U.S. summit. Singapore’s top diplomat arrived in Beijing on Saturday after visiting Pyongyang. China’s state-run media outlet CCTV is reporting he told them U.S. President Donald Trump AND North Korean leader Kim Jong-un WILL arrive in Singapore on Sunday. Vivian Balakrishnan spent two days in North Korea to discuss logistics, security and other details of the summit with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho.
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton will be in Singapore for next week’s highly anticipated summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a White House official said Wednesday.
However, for many of the government officials and experts at the forum, North Korea is something of a temporary headache, when compared to the much bigger issue of China and the disruption to what’s known as the „rules-based order.“
The term, which is used as short hand for the principles and norms that have shaped and define the international system since the end of World War II, could be heard repeatedly throughout the summit.
Singapore’s Gurkhas are linked to a British tradition that has recruited and paid for elite regiments of soldiers from Nepal for more than 200 years.
The first is North Korea declaring how far it’s willing to go in abandoning the program. The second is deciding how and when Pyongyang will offer an explanation of that process to Washington,… and the final step is determining how the U.S. will verify those claims.
Meanwhile, as North Korea and the U.S. work to set up their summit next month, tentatively set for June 12th in Singapore, officials from both sides are said to now be in the city-state… for talks on the practicalities of the summit — things like protocol and logistics. Our Lee Ji-won has the latest.
Kim Chang Son, Kim’s de facto chief of staff, flew to Singapore via Beijing on Monday night, the report said.
Three thousand miles away in Singapore, a team of US logistics officials arrived late Monday and was expecting the arrival of a corresponding team from Pyongyang.
Koh Yu-hwan, an expert on Korean relations at Dongguk University, said Saturday’s meeting between Moon and Kim increased the likelihood of the Singapore summit taking place as originally intended.
„Today’s summit is aimed at resolving the misunderstanding caused by communication glitches between Washington and Pyongyang and lay the groundwork for the US-North Korea summit,“ he told AFP.
Sources say reservations at the Shangri-La Hotel over the summit period are not being taken… and security sweeps are ongoing. If the summit happens, President Trump is expected to stay at the hotel. Singapore’s ban on government officials and police taking vacation on or around June 12th remains in place as well.
Japan will dispatch a senior diplomat to Singapore to collect information when the United States and North Korea hold a historic summit next month, Japanese government sources said Saturday.
Moon is scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House on May 22 to coordinate the allies‘ positions ahead of the U.S.-North Korea summit.
A similar report on the weekend from South Korea’s Yonhap news agency also said Singapore was firming as the favoured location for the summit.