China, US need to find common ground, so as not to risk global instability: Ng Eng Hen

China, US need to find common ground, so as not to risk global instability: Ng Eng Hen

22.10.2019

China, US need to find common ground, so as not to risk global instability: Ng Eng Hen

BEIJING: Singapor's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Tuesday (Oct 22) urged the United States and China to find common ground, so as not to risk ...

Pointing to the reasons for the friction, Dr Ng said the US wants to address shortcomings and perceived unfairness in rules and international trade practices.

“Taken at face value, both narratives do not necessarily conflict, at least not geographically. The US and China share no land border or compete for any physical resource as high stakes,” said Dr Ng.

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“Singapore will maintain its strong friendships with both,” said Dr Ng. “But it is also acutely aware that the farther the US and China pull apart, the harder it would be for all countries to keep to this principled and neutral position.”

President Nixon had in a toast to Chinese leaders said: "There is no reason for us to be enemies. Neither of us seek the territory of the other. Neither of us seek domination over the other. Neither of us seek to stretch out our hands and rule the world."

The annual Xiangshan Forum brings together high-level defence and military officials in Beijing, with discussion focused on security and defence issues in the region.

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