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Singapore’s Move Towards China: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. Singapore and China to bolster relations

China and Singapore reached an agreement last week, to strengthen their bilateral relations and increase cooperation. Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan engaged in talks with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during on the sidelines of an ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meeting. One of the major points of increased future cooperation was the Belt and Road project. This is important for both nations, as China is diversifying its economic ties to combat the effects of its trade war with the US, while Singapore’s economy will get further stimulated by the co-operation.

2. Joint military exercise a step forward

Among the first signs of the agreed increased cooperation coming into effect, troops from Singapore and China launched an assault on a building in a counter-terrorist urban raid to take out “enemy forces” last week. This year’s exercise, which started on July 27 and ended on the 5th of August, was the biggest one in the series, which was launched in 2009. This is a sign that China is willing to back up its promises made in the agreement made at the start of the month.

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3. China reviving Singapore’s retail market

4. Accusations of China’s hunger for influence

5. Is Singapore moving away from the US?

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