Singapore has diplomatically steered away from this freedom of navigation shit stirred up by the Americans and not be seen as another American lackey following the pipe piper. Ng Eng Hen conveniently carried the Oracle out to tell the Americans and to enlighten the rest of the Asean states that the real problem is the relationship between China and the US for influence and control of the region. Forget about the freedom of navigation red herring. The rising power in China would naturally seek for more influence and the receding power in the US would resist and want to fight back.
“With the US and China as the main protagonists, the South China Sea and territorial disputes therein, willy nilly has provided the stage on which this strategic rivalry is being played out,” said Dr Ng.” I think all of us are conscious that more is at stake than disputed rocks or islands. As Mr Lee observed in his 2002 speech – ‘the competition for economic and diplomatic influence has started.’.
What is sad is that the current leaders in some Asean countries are so immature to swallow the American shit of freedom of navigation and are willing to go to war to serve the American agenda and interests, dragging their country and people into destruction and suffering and become collateral of a war without knowing why. The Americans seen through their stupidity and kept on playing to their little egos and make them jumping up and down wanting to go to war.
And then came out of nowhere, Duterte, to see through this American farce and said no, the Philippines will not be somebody’s lackey and do silly things against the interests of the Phlippines and its people. Former Asean Secretary General Ong Keng Yong has been quoted to say, 'We don't want to get involved with any contestation between the two big powers...we are best served by staying on the ringside.'