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Old 28-05-2020, 03:05 PM   #1
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Hong Kong is a ‘pawn’ in U.S.-China rivalry: Former Singaporean diplomat

Hong Kong has become a “pawn” in the escalating rivalry between the U.S. and China, said Kishore Mahbubani, a prominent Singaporean academic and former diplomat, on Thursday.

The U.S. and China have in recent days clashed over Beijing’s plan to introduce a new national security law in Hong Kong. Washington criticized Beijing’s move for undermining Hong Kong’s freedoms and autonomy, while Beijing accused Washington of interfering in its internal affairs.

Hong Kong — a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997 — is a semi-autonomous Chinese territory with limited self-governing power. Under the “once country, two systems” policy, Hong Kong has a largely separate legal and economic framework from mainland China, and various freedoms including limited election rights.

The U.S. and China are sparring on several fronts: from a trade war to tensions over technology and the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. The Hong Kong dispute is just the latest salvo in an escalating war of words between the world’s two largest economies.

Those developments have also sparked concerns about whether the U.S. and China could end up in a military conflict.

“There will be no all-out war between China and the U.S.,” Mahbubani, a distinguish fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia.”

“But at the same time, I think other countries have to be very, very careful because there can be proxy wars and that’s what superpowers do, they use other people as pawns,” he added. “So Hong Kong ... has now become a pawn in the geopolitical chessboard between United States and China.”

Mahbubani spent 33 years as a Singapore diplomat before joining academia in 2004. Among the appointments that he held were the following: Singapore’s ambassador to the United Nations and president of the UN Security Council.

Beijing is expected to press ahead with the proposed national security legislation despite Washington’s overnight declaration that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China. That move opens up the door for the U.S. to remove its special treatment of Hong Kong, and could lead to U.S. sanctions on Chinese officials.

That’s not the first time the two countries have sparred over Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Last year, months of widespread pro-democracy protests in the city — a special administrative region of China — led the U.S. to enact two new laws to deter Beijing’s influence and interference in Hong Kong.

Those clashes over the city, a major business and financial center, were part of a broader geopolitical contest between the U.S. and China. In the last two years, the conflict led the two countries to slap significant amounts of tariffs on each other — which became one of biggest threats to global economic growth before the coronavirus pandemic.

More recently, tensions between the two countries rose as they disagreed on the origins of the coronavirus which has infected around 5.7 million people globally and killed more than 355,000.

“The geopolitical contest will continue,” said Mahbubani, adding that the U.S.-China rivalry is driven by “deep structural issues.”

He explained that those issues include the fact that China is “the first non-western” power to emerge on the global stage and that the Asian economic giant is not a democratic country.

“The United States as a democracy finds it hard to accept a non-democracy like China could succeed,” he added. “So, there are larger structural forces driving this geopolitical relationship.”

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Old 28-05-2020, 03:13 PM   #3
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hk has always been a pawn all along.
if they want to quit from being a pawn, go independent.
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This one is the disgraced ex dean of NUS LKYSPP right kenna duped by the Prof Huang Jing

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You need a diplomat to tell you something so obvious......

No wonder join civil service is the best Singapore Haha.

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China investors also used HK to enjoy all the benefits~
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Old 28-05-2020, 03:17 PM   #8
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US can use HK to destabilize China.

US has a bit more leverage here
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China investors also used HK to enjoy all the benefits~
yes but tat hardly troubles US
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This kishore spend all his time sucking up to China and whacking USA while bilahari spend all his time sucking up to USA and whacking china. Wonder if this is foreign ministry strategy to act neutral.
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hk has always been a pawn all along.
if they want to quit from being a pawn, go independent.
That's why it requires political nous to pick the correct side. HK should not help China too much in the beginning. They didn't guard against China's ambitions and didn't look carefully enough at CCP's leadership character. They also didn't prepare backup lifeline and diversify against China.

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Pawns are often sacrificed...
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Pawns are often sacrificed...
CCP dating back to Mao's leadership has a unbreakable habit of sacrificing their own ppl to achieve Glory (aka political objectives). This proves time and again, they are just using pawns to their benefit and have no qualms at abandoning those who helped them. So why would u wanna help them?

Now, CCP also wanna drag Russia, NK, and hopefully also SG into the fray, fighting their own fight becos they know they can't handle outrage stemming from the global pandemic that they caused.

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Know who is in trouble and expect him to call on you for help and mutual consolation. They seek someone to help them to bear misfortune, for Misery loves company. The miserable reach out their arms.

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That's why it requires political nous to pick the correct side. HK should not help China too much in the beginning. They didn't guard against China's ambitions and didn't look carefully enough at CCP's leadership character. They also didn't prepare backup lifeline and diversify against China.

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china is their boss. U don't tell the boss wat to do
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