Asia will resist U.S. efforts to contain China, says Singapore diplomat

By Ashish Kumar Sen
The Washington Times

Sunday, October 14, 2012
“We don’t want another Cold War. The United States should not ask

Asian nations will resist any U.S. attempts to block the rise of China, as Washington pursues a new strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Singapore’s former ambassador in Washington.

“I think if the United States re-engages Asia to contain China it won’t work because countries in Asia won’t sign on to containment,” Chan Heng Chee said in a phone interview from Singapore.

“We don’t want another Cold War. The United States should not ask Asian countries to choose. You may not like the results if you ask countries to choose.”

Ms. Chan returned to Singapore in July after 16 years as Singapore’s ambassador to the U.S….President Obama has adopted a rebalancing stance toward the Asia-Pacific region…Much of the commentary in Washington has described this policy as a “pivot” and framed it in the context of a military containment of China.

The above article is more than meets the eyes. It is unusual for an ambassador to speak so frankly about the USA and its intent and policies towards another country. While the official US position is all about peace, about anything except containment of China, and so many countries and observers have wool pulled over their eyes that this is a benign power, full of peaceful intent and purposes, the truth is not usually spoken publicly. And Chan Heng Chee has spoken the unpleasant truth.

In her long association with American policy makers and the intrigues behind the façade of civility and pompous feel good motherhood statements, the US must be peddling its schemes and plots to contain China to her allies. While in the US, Chan Heng Chee would have to be polite not to spill the naked truth, but now that she is an ambassador at large, it is opportune for her to tell things as they are with respect to the real USA. And this has to be done to prevent the innocent and naïve to think otherwise and not to be coerced by the Americans to tow the line and be lined up on one side against another superpower.

It is in Asia’s interest not to be pawns in another cold war when they have nothing to gain and risk an open conflict in the region. The US has thus been told, as direct as it can be, not to fool the Asian countries into doing its dirty work and be embroiled in its devious schemes to contain and destabilize China.

The Ambassador must have many first hand experience of what the true Americans are and what they are trying to do in this so called pivot to Asia.

The Americans cannot go on to deceive the world that they are all angels. Time to look at the devil as it is.


The said...

/// It is in Asia’s interest not to be pawns in another cold war when they have nothing to gain and risk an open conflict in the region. ///

Easier said than done. If your country is a basket case or dependent on the US for aid or defence, then you can't help but toe the line. You think the Philippines can go against the US's wishes?

Anonymous said...

China shud build fighter jets that fly as fast as their spacecraft and equip them with missiles that will destroy mass military installations in the USA Itself and anywhere in the World.

Expecting Ms Chan Heng Chee's short little statement to stop the US's foray into China is like expecting Lee Kuan Yew to tell President Obama how to run the USA.

Very naive.

ufo said...

Have people forgotten how different countries helping out one country when there is a huge disaster like the one in China in 2008? Must there really be a huge disaster before different people in this world can unite and help each other instead of destroying and killing each other? This world is actually very fragile and people should protect and love her not destroy her.

Anonymous said...

Don't take the comment too seriously....just think otherwise then we will get the correct picture....Cheers!

Anonymous said...

US may be as is said BUT China is no baby nor does it have the interest of the rest of Asia at heart.

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