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Singapore’s prime minister steps down after 20 years

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Release time:2024/05/15 17:08
Last update time:2024/05/15 17:08
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Singapore’s prime minister steps down after 20 years (AP) Singapore’s prime minister steps down after 20 years
Singapore’s prime minister steps down after 20 years (AP)

SINGAPORE (TVBS News) — Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stepped down Wednesday (May 15) after 20 years in office, predicting that tensions between the United States and China could persist for two decades or more.

Lee noted that while the relationship between the two superpowers initially was positive, with issues but basic cooperation, it has now become fraught with controversy. He believes there are deep contradictions in the positions and interests of the U.S. and China, and this situation could last more than 10 years, possibly 20 or longer.

 

During his tenure, Singapore has maintained good relations with both the U.S. and China, Lee said. He emphasized that Singapore's relationship with China has been positive for a long time.

In his 20 years as prime minister, Singapore has collaborated with China on several projects, including developing the Suzhou Industrial Park and the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City. Singapore and China also launched a third intergovernmental cooperation project in Chongqing and signed an upgraded version of the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.

Despite most Singaporeans being of Chinese descent, Lee stressed that Singapore differs from China. "It's important that if we maintain a normal relationship, it cannot be based on racial identity," he said. "You can't say that because we share the same ancestry, we necessarily have the same history."
 

Lee pointed out that Singapore has managed to maintain stability amid changing geopolitical situations and has maintained friendly relations with several major powers. These countries have constructive activities in the region, helping to maintain regional security and prosperity. He cited the U.S. as an example, saying these major powers are friends and Singapore would help when needed.

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#Singapore Prime Minister# Lee Hsien Loong# US China Tensions# Singapore China Relations# Sino-Singapore Projects# Singapore Geopolitics# China-Singapore FTA# Lee Hsien Loong steps down# Singapore US China relations# Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City

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