SINGAPORE: Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC Lim Wee Kiak wanted to know if there will be any changes in US engagement of the region in view of the recent appointment of John Kerry as the new Secretary of State.
Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam said in Parliament there has been a basic continuity of engagement with the US for more than 30 years.
He hopes that Mr Kerry continues this active engagement and makes an early visit to Southeast Asia.
Dr Lim also raised concerns about US—China relations.
He asked: "Most analysts characterise the Sino—American relationship as being complex and multi—faceted. The US and the People’s Republic of China are neither allies nor enemies. The US government and her military establishment do not regard the Chinese as an adversary but as a competitor in some areas and partners in some. How is the evolving US—China relationship in which there is growing competition and tension between the two affecting Singapore and ASEAN?"
Mr Shanmugam replied: "We must recognise that competition is an intrinsic part of any great power relationship. Interdependence co—exists with strategic wariness. If tensions rise within them, this will unsettle the region. Domestic politics in both countries are an unknown ’X’ factor. Singapore’s consistent position is to maintain strong links with both, with close cooperation and common interests across a range of issues."
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