Singapore's tightrope walk on Taiwan, 19 Aug 2010
Singapore’s policy toward Taiwan is an example of the tightrope that Southeast Asian countries must walk in the new era of an increasingly powerful China asserting itself – particularly in relation to its “core interests,” including Tibet, Taiwan and (the newest addition to the “core”) the South China Sea. On the one hand, Singapore is bound to promote its national security interests, a patchwork quilt knit together by a myriad of strategic threads, notably combining proactive defense relationships built on interdependence, interoperability, and strong relationships and sustaining high levels of trade and investment. Full story