The difficult job in diplomacy needs not be made more difficult by callous talks and insinuation to ruffle the feathers of interested powers unnecessary. Yes. LKY did that and got away with it. But he was LKY and he could do and say a lot of things that many national leaders would disagree but deferred to him and would not be rude to him by telling him so in his face. And if you are not LKY, please do not behave and act as if you are LKY.
is not the Singapore of LKY. In his heyday, Singapore, or the Istana, is like a
temple of wisdom for world leaders to pay homage and ask for blessings and a
piece of good advice or wisdom from the Oracle.. Today who bothers to call on
the Istana to have his fortune told? There is no need to go around antagonizing
others when there is no need to. There is no need to commit our national
interests to the interests of big power to offend anyone. Singapore
Our diplomats must know the sentiments of the Chinese majority and not shooting off ignoring their existence. The Chinese majority is not homogenous, there are the bananas, the anglophiles, there are also those that are rooted in their ancient civilization and culture. Are they anti China or pro America? Most of the bananas are anti China, but there are those who do not think and share the values of the bananas. Any diplomat lashing out at China is not speaking for the Chinese majority or being sensitive to their sensibilities. Would offending some sections of the Chinese majority or offending China be good for our national interests?
Singapore may need the help of the Americans in the future and we should call the USA our friend, for the USA is the only trigger happy country that would have no qualms to pull the trigger on our behalf when called upon. In this sense the
is a very reliable protector. But we should also not be silly to think that the
Americans would do this just for our own good. It is also for their own good, a
symbiotic relationship. We need the Americans and the Americans need us just as
badly for a safe and reliable foothold to support their Empire and world
hegemony ambition and agenda. USA
While we need the Americans military muscle for our national security, we also need the Chinese economic power, the market, to spur our economic growth. In this sense we need
economy more than China
needs us. The majority Chinese Singaporeans did not see China simply on
cultural and racial familiarity but an avenue for our continued economic well
being. Did we not send many many govt missions to China to carve out a little niche
for ourselves and for our own economic growth? Did we not become one of the
biggest investors in China ?
Did we not build China , Suzhou
and the many property projects in Tianjin Eco Park ? We are trying so hard to
cling onto the Chinese economic bandwagon to share a bit of their growth. China
Is there a need to slap the Chinese in front of the Japanese and the world, to embarrass them and to call them names? What is all that for? What are we trying to achieve by painting the Chinese as enemy and not to be trusted but hoping for crumbs left on the floor by them?
for hangouts is diplomacy then I would have to go back to school to relearn
this new trick. Now I have a reason to spend my $500 in the Skills Future Fund.
Is this the highest level of diplomacy red dot style? Has anyone heard of this new
diplomatic doctrine, what Doctrine shall I called it, the Doctrine of the
Little Red Dot? China
Do not take
granted, for a fool. And please do not take the China as angels. Ask yourself a
simple question, would USA
allow you to slap its cheek and turn the other cheek? And would the China give you no
strings attached military backing? Remember how the phrase ‘You are either with
us or against us’ came about and how we ended up supporting a war that we
should not be involved and compromising our national interests precariously? USA
Diplomacy is an art of the skillful statesmen but a bungling act for little boys and girls. Be reflective and know who we are and what we are. Learn from George Yeo, the former Foreign Minister. Don’t be ‘boh tua boh suay’. Know your rightful place in the international stage of realpolitiks. You don’t get away for taking cheap pot shots at the big powers or medium powers or even small powers. Be contrite and be wise. A day of drunken glory would end up with a nasty hangover.
Kishore may be outspoken, but he is all diplomacy and even countries like China would seek his views on international matters in some way like a smaller oracle. A diplomat is a diplomat unlike a national leader. Can a diplomat be undiplomatic?