Saturday, 1 October 2016

Public Forum on Elected Presidency cancelled due to poor response

Public Forum on Elected Presidency
REACH will be organising a public forum to engage Singaporeans on the Review of the Elected Presidency System. Singaporeans are welcome to give their views at the session to be hosted by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, and Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications & Information and Ministry of Health.

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REACH Singapore Like This Page · September 9
Want to share your views on the review of the Elected Presidency or listen to other fellow Singaporeans’ views? Join us at our Public forum, chaired by Minister for Home Affairs and Law, K Shanmugam and Minister of State, Communications & Information and Health, Chee Hong Tat on Thursday, 29 September, 7-9pm

Sign up at www.reach.gov.sg/eppublicforum29sep

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REACH Singapore 12 hrs
Dear Contributors,

Due to poor response for the REACH Public Forum, REACH has decided to cancel the public forum on 29 Sep. The notice of cancellation was made on 28 Sep. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

In response to queries, we confirm that we do not have any registration under the name of Dr Tan Cheng Bock for this dialogue.

Thank you.

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REACH cancels EP forum due to lack of interest

The 1st of a series of public forums organised by REACH to engage Singaporeans on their views on the changes to the Elected Presidency (EP) was cancelled just a day prior to the event due to "poor response".

The forum, which was to have been led by Minister for Home Affairs & Law, Mr K Shanmugam, & Minister of State for Health and Communications and Information, Mr Chee Hong Tat, was supposed to take place on Thursday (Sep 29) evening. REACH cancelled the event on Wednesday.

Former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock, who had registered for the event, posted on Facebook on Thursday to express his disappointment that it was not taking place. He said: “Minister Shanmugam was due to speak and I wanted to hear what he had to say.”

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Tan Cheng Bock takes issue over cancelled REACH forum

Former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock has taken issue over the cancellation of a public forum on the Elected Presidency (EP).

The forum, which was set to be the 1st in a series of public REACH dialogues on the EP, was slated to take place on Thursday evening. It was, however, cancelled by REACH citing “poor response” from the public. Minister for Home Affairs & Law K Shanmugam, & Minister of State for Health & Communications & Information Chee Hong Tat, were due to take part in the forum.

“I was looking forward to attending a REACH public forum on the Presidential Election set for today,” said Dr Tan in a Facebook post. “Minister Shanmugam was due to speak & I wanted to hear what he had to say. I registered my attendance last week and was happy to receive a confirmation for my attendance. I was planning to attend with a few friends & family.”

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Tan Cheng Bock disappointed over forum's cancellation
Former MP & presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock expressed disappointment at the cancellation of a public forum on the elected presidency, which he said he had signed up to attend

Former MP & presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock expressed his disappointment in a Facebook post yesterday at the cancellation of a public forum on the elected presidency, which he said he had signed up to attend.

Dr Tan, who ran for the presidency in 2011 & expressed interest in contesting the next one, said he had registered last week for the event, which was scheduled to be held yesterday.

But the forum organiser, Government feedback unit Reach, said in a post on its Facebook page yesterday that the event was cancelled because of poor response, and a cancellation notice was released on Wednesday. It added: "In response to queries, we confirm that we do not have any registration under the name of Dr Tan Cheng Bock for this dialogue."

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Tan Cheng Bock disappointed forum on elected presidency cancelled; organisers say response was poor
Dr Tan Cheng Bock expressed his disappointment that a forum on the elected presidency was cancelled. ST FOTO: MARK CHEONG

Former MP & presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock expressed his disappointment in a Facebook post at the cancellation of a public forum on the elected presidency, which he said he signed up to attend.

Dr Tan, who ran for the presidency in 2011, said in the post on Thursday (Sep 29) that he registered last week for the forum.

It was scheduled to be held on Thursday, but he learnt on Wednesday that the forum was being cancelled due to poor response.

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Reach cancels feedback forum on elected presidency cancel forum citing reason of “poor response”

Government feedback portal, REACH, had scheduled to hold a public forum on the controversial amendments to the elected presidency on 29 Sept but proceeded to cancel the event due to "poor response"

Minister of Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugan and Minister of State Chee Kong Tat was due to speak in the public forum which was supposed to be held at Furama City Centre, Grand Ballroom, between 6.30 to 9.00 pm.

TOC had registered to attend the event but was told that the event was cancelled just days after it sent a confirmation to attendees.

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Dr Tan Cheng Bock 14 hrs

I was looking forward to attending a REACH public forum on the Presidential Election set for today. Minister Shanmugam was due to speak and I wanted to hear what he had to say. I registered my attendance last week and was happy to receive a confirmation for my attendance. I was planning to attend with a few friends and family.

Unfortunately yesterday, l was disappointed to receive a message, that the forum was cancelled due to poor response.

This forum would have been a great platform for Singaporeans to seek clarification on the matter.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage Singaporeans to register for these forums and actively participate in discussions on this and other important national issues.

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Dr Tan Cheng Bock added 2 new photos 10 hrs · Singapore

In response to REACH that I did not register?

I did register under my alias Adrian Tan which is in my NRIC, the registration also asked for my NRIC number, mobile, address, and occupation which I supplied.

My acceptance letter is attached, as well as my alias in my NRIC.

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Ming Li Tan Dear REACH

I am the daughter of Dr Tan Cheng Bock. For certain, the queries made to you this evening concern whether my father registered for your public forum.

I find it strange that you are implying that my father did not register at your event. Your registration portal asked for his NRIC name, NRIC No., Address, Date of Birth, Email, Mobile no., Gender and Occupaton. My father duly supplied all these particulars – yes, Adrian Tan is his NRIC name. Given the wealth of information and resources at your disposal, could you not check with him whether he in fact registered before posting your implied statement on Facebook that he did not register?

My father, who was the founding Chairman of your pre-cursor, the Feedback Unit, meant to attend as an ordinary public citizen together with his family. In fact, my brother, my husband and I were to accompany him, as all our registerations were confirmed by you. Given all the information you know, are you still implying that my father dd not register for this event?

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Top Comments

Dominic Ho: If the event was cancel due to poor response, how difficult is it to check that DR TCB IC number instead of implying that he lied about registering for the event. More effort required from REACH on this matter

Keng Ann Yap Dear Reach: Can you share with us what constitute a "poor" response ? I asked someone at the hotline yesterday around lunch time and he committed to "escalate" to an officer to call me and explain. Unfortunately I also got a "poor" response from Reach as no one attempt to reach me until now.

Tamil Selvam: I see so many comments here saying that the organiser cancelled because of dr Tan. i doubt our Govt will be so stupid to do so. In fact, it would have been a good opportunity for Shanmugam to debate Tan Cheng bock in open and win the hearts of people. I voted for Dr Tan at the last election but ever since he lost, I find him to have become megalomanical.

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Government’s feedback unit singles out Tan Cheng Bock

The Government’s Feedback Unit, REACH, was to have held a Public Forum on Presidential Election on 29 September 2016. The Law and Home Affairs Minister, K Shanmugam, was scheduled to address the participants at the Forum.

REACH however decided to cancel the event and said that it informed the registered participants on Wednesday (28 Sep) about the cancellation. It cited ‘poor response’ as the reason for the cancellation.

Dr Tan Cheng Bock, the candidate from the 2011 Presidential Election who lost the contest by a whisker, was one of the participants who had registered for the event.

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Public forum on Elected Presidency cancelled due to “poor response”

The first public forum to seek the views of Singaporeans on the fixing of the upcoming Elected Presidency election was cancelled due to “poor response”, according to the Singapore government.

The cancellation was made a day before the event. Law Minister K Shanmugam and Minister of State Chee Hong Tat were supposedly the paperweight for the propaganda monologue.

The “poor response” is however not a surprise as the Singapore government has already published a White Paper, pending approval by Parliament.

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PUBLIC FORUM ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CANCELLED AFTER DR TAN CHENG BOCK REGISTERS ATTENDANCE
Public Forum on Presidential Election Cancelled

I was looking forward to attending a REACH public forum on the Presidential Election set for today. Minister Shanmugam was due to speak and I wanted to hear what he had to say. I registered my attendance last week and was happy to receive a confirmation for my attendance. I was planning to attend with a few friends and family.

Unfortunately yesterday, l was disappointed to receive a message, that the forum was cancelled due to poor response.

This forum would have been a great platform for Singaporeans to seek clarification on the matter. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage Singaporeans to register for these forums and actively participate in discussions on this and other important national issues.

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Tan Cheng Bock's daughter slams REACH over post on cancelled EP forum

Prospective presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock’s daughter has slammed government feedback unit REACH after a public forum on the Elected Presidency (EP) was scrapped recently.

The dispute arose over whether Tan, 76, had indeed registered for a forum with Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shangmugam that was to be held on Thursday (29 September). It was cancelled due to “poor response”, said REACH.

In a Facebook post on Thursday evening, Tan lamented the cancellation of the forum as he had registered his attendance last week and had been looking forward to hearing Shanmugam speak.

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The Government should stop disqualifying Tan Cheng Bock time and time again

Seems like the government cannot stop itself from disqualifying Dr Tan Cheng Bock (TCB) and its honestly hilarious.

We all know that TCB does not qualify for the next EP because of the latest criteria.

However, TCB alleged that he is now disqualified to even attend a feedback forum for Elected Presidency! How dare the Government do this to him!

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Related: Law minister K Shanmugam singles out Tan Cheng Bock’s disqualification from presidency

Poor Tan Cheng Bock.

Without being explicitly mentioned in any official communication (and rightfully so) regarding the impending changes to the Elected Presidency, he was on Thursday singled out as clearly being “disqualified” from it under the potential updated criteria.

According to reporting by Channel NewsAsia, straight-talking law minister K Shanmugam volunteered Tan’s name on the topic, which was the subject of a community forum on the proposed changes outlined in the government’s White Paper on:

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“Sorry, Dr Tan Cheng Bock you are disqualified to stand in PE 2017” – Did Law Minister Shanmugam say that?

Referring to the comments of Law Minister K Shanmugam at a dialogue on the pending constitutional changes to the Elected Presidency, the 2011 presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock asked if the Minister had decided ahead of debate in parliament that the White Paper is law.

Channel NewsAsia reported on the dialogue and quoted the Minister answering to a question: “How will the Government respond to the view that all these changes are just to ensure that some individuals will not get elected?”

The Minister (as reported) said: “You might as well mention the name of Tan Cheng Bock… Dr Tan won’t qualify (under the new eligibility rules) because he didn’t actually run a company. He was (a) non-executive. And of course the company is not S$500m shareholders’ equity. So I think the key thing in this is to really, first leave aside the individual and look at the system. And ask yourself logically, whether… do we, as a Government, do what is right, based on the system, or do we worry (that) some people are going to say this is to knock out people we don’t like? You know, more than 1,000 people will qualify from the private sector. Do you think we know who they are and we can make sure that they are all going to be OK? It’s not possible.”

related: Cheng Bock and Shanmugam crossed swords once before in another debate on affirmative action

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Dr Tan Cheng Bock FB September 17 at 6:40pm

"Sorry, Dr Tan Cheng Bock you are disqualified to stand in PE 2017", says Minister Shanmugam

At a dialogue session on 15 September, a question was asked if the White Paper was directed at preventing certain individuals from running for the PE, Minister Shanmugam quoted my name.

He told the participants and singularly identified me although my name was not mentioned by the audience, that l cannot qualify under the new rule change.

Has he decided that the White Paper is law ahead of parliament debate? Is there some truth after all that the changes in the rules was to make sure l would not be eligible? It would be a sad day for Singaporeans if a Constitutional change was made because of an individual.

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On Tan Cheng Bock, mixed-race candidates: Singaporeans ask tough questions on the Elected Presidency review
Is the Government raising the qualifying criteria for presidential candidates to block certain individuals from contesting? In a reserved election for Malay candidates, would someone who is half-Malay qualify? These were among the questions Singaporeans asked at dialogue session on Thursday (Sep 15).

The dialogue, helmed by Law & Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam, is the 1st to be held after the Government released its White Paper on Thursday evening. It was attended by around 300 to 400 people in South East CDC. Here is a sample of what they wanted to know about the changes to the Elected Presidency scheme:
  • Q: How will the Government respond to the view that all these changes are just to ensure that some individuals will not get elected?
  • Mr Shanmugam: You might as well mention the name of Tan Cheng Bock .… Dr Tan won’t qualify (under the new eligibility rules) because he didn’t actually run a company. He was (a) non-executive. And of course the company is not S$500m shareholders' equity. So I think the key thing in this is to really, first leave aside the individual and look at the system. And ask yourself logically, whether... do we, as a Government, do what is right, based on the system, or do we worry (that) some people are going to say this is to knock out people we don't like? You know, more than 1,000 people will qualify from the private sector. Do you think we know who they are & we can make sure that they are all going to be OK? It’s not possible.

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Friday, 30 September 2016

Emperor Akihito hosts PM Lee Hsien Loong to lunch


Japanese Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko seeing off PM Lee & Mrs Lee after their private lunch at the Imperial Palace yesterday. PM Lee is in Tokyo for a 4-day official visit that started on Monday, to mark 50 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries. FOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong & Mrs Lee were hosted to a private lunch by Japan's royal couple at their home in the Imperial Palace yesterday, a rare occasion that signifies the robust ties between Singapore & Japan.

They met Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko for about 2 hours - half an hour longer than the scheduled time.

The royal couple last formally hosted PM Lee to tea in March 2007. PM Lee also had an audience with the Emperor in 2013

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PM Lee meets Japanese Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko
Their Majesties Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko hosted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong & Mrs Lee to a private lunch at their residence in Tokyo, Japan on Sep 27, 2016. (Foto: MCI)

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong & Mrs Lee met Japanese Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko on Tuesday (Sep 27), as part of his 4-day official visit to Japan.

Mr Lee last met the 82-year-old Emperor in 2013. He was also hosted to tea by Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko while on a 2007 official visit.

On Tuesday, Mr Lee a& Mrs Lee were hosted to a private lunch at the Imperial couple’s residence within the Imperial Palace grounds. The meeting lasted about two hours.

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So polite, their royal highness
Dakara, teinei, sono denka だから、丁寧、その殿下

A look at Japanese the lifestyle and customs
The "saikeirei", "keirei", "eshaku" bow

In the Japanese bow, the bower expresses appreciation and respect to the person being bowed to by bending at the waist.

This is a gesture widely used in tandem with greetings like "ohayo gozaimasu" (good morning) and "konnichi wa" (hello, good afternoon) as well as words of gratitude or apology.

Bows can generally be classified into three types depending on the deepness of the waist bend:
  • The most casual bow is the "eshaku" bow 会釈えしゃく. In this bow, the waist is generally bent at about a 15 degree angle. It is common to lightly dip the head and give an "eshaku" bow when exchanging a casual greeting or passing by someone of a higher social status. Of course using words by themselves is sufficient, but if you add an eshaku bow while saying "arigato" (thank you) to someone who has shown you kindness, your feeling of gratitude will come across as incredibly more heartfelt.
  • The bow generally used in business interactions is the "keirei" bow 敬礼けいれい. In this bow, the torso is lowered to about 30 degrees. It is used when entering and leaving reception rooms and meeting rooms and when greeting customers.
  • The "saikeirei" bow 最敬礼さいけいれい, the most polite bow, consists of lowering the torso about 45 degrees. It is used to express feelings of deep gratitude or apology.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Singapore rebuts Global Times report on South China Sea ruling

A Chinese tabloid claimed the Republic tried to raise the international tribunal’s ruling at the Non-Aligned Movement summit
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Reuters File Foto

S'pore has rebutted a report in an influential state-owned Chinese tabloid which claimed that the Republic had tried to push for a stronger statement on an international tribunal’s ruling on the South China Sea at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit last week in Venezuela.

In a letter to Mr Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of Global Times, Singapore’s ambassador to China Stanley Loh said its article had attributed actions and words to S'pore which are “false and unfounded.”

“We are disappointed that an established newspaper published this irresponsible report replete with fabrications & unfounded allegations with no regard for the facts,” he said.

related: Global Times' false and unfounded allegations against S'pore

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S'pore labels China's Global Times report on NAM summit as disappointing, untrue
Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi gestures during a group photo at the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran August 30, 2012

The Global Times newspaper reported that during discussions at the NAM meeting, Singapore pushed for Philippines' position on the South China Sea dispute but was dismissed as many countries opposed it.

As a result, according to the published report, Singapore's representative responded back with "inappropriate" and "offensive" remarks. "Singapore acted out of self-interest and caused many discussions to drag on late into the night, upsetting many countries," claimed the report, according to Channel NewsAsia.

However, Singapore has rebutted all these allegations. Mr Loh, in his letter, said: "Contrary to the claim fabricated by the Global Times, the Singapore delegation did not raise the South China Sea or the tribunal ruling at the NAM Summit."

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FM calls on Singapore to respect China’s sea stance

China's foreign ministry called on Singapore to respect China's stance on the South China Sea issue on Tuesday, a further indication that China is upset about Singapore's enthusiasm for an increasing US presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing that China hopes countries will remain fair and objective over the South China Sea disputes.

Without mentioning the name, Geng admitted having noticed a recent Chinese newspaper report saying that Singapore had insisted on rendering the issue into the final document of the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit, which was held on September 17 and 18 at Venezuela's Margarita Island. More than 100 countries attended the summit, including Vietnam and Laos.

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China’s foreign ministry joins war of words against Singapore over South China Sea dispute

The foreign ministry has blamed an unspecified “individual nation” for stirring up tensions over the South China Sea dispute after an unusual war of words broke out between the Singaporean envoy and the editor-in-chief of an influential mainland tabloid newspaper.

The incident underscores the difficulty Singapore faces in maintaining good ties with an assertive Beijing.

Without directly naming Singapore, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said an “individual nation” had insisted on including South China Sea issues in the final document of the recent Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit held in Venezuela on September 18.

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The South China Sea shadow over Beijing’s ties with Singapore
Chinese diplomat tells Singapore to stay out of South China Sea disputes
Obama celebrates 50 years of US-Singapore relations with state dinner


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‘Global Times didn’t have journalists at summit’, says Singapore ambassador as row escalates over South China Sea report

The war of words between Singapore’s ambassador to Beijing and the editor-in-chief of a nationalistic Chinese tabloid over a report about the city state’s role in the South China Sea dispute shows no sign of abating.

The Singaporean ambassador, Stanley Loh, issued a second open letter on Wednesday, questioning the credibility of the Global Times newspaper report – saying that it did not have any reporter present at the international meeting at the centre of the controversy.

“Global Times did not attend the meetings and had to rely on information from unnamed sources”, Loh said in his letter, appended in full at the bottom of this article.

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Full text of Ambassador Stanley Loh's letter in response to Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin's response dated 27 Sep 2016

The crux of the matter is that Global Times’ report dated 21 Sep 2016 did not accurately reflect the proceedings at the recent NAM Summit. Global Times did not attend  the meetings and had to rely on information from unnamed sources. In contrast, Singapore is a member of NAM and had participated in all the proceedings at the Summit. Consequently, I have related the facts and this account can be verified by the public record of the meeting.

By the way, you misread my letter.  The NAM Chair did not reject Singapore’s request. In fact, the NAM Chair improperly rejected ASEAN’s collective request to update   the Southeast Asia paragraphs to reflect the consensus of all ten ASEAN Member States.  That is why Laos as Chair of ASEAN wrote to the Venezuelan Foreign Minister to  put on record ASEAN’s reservation to a paragraph in the Southeast Asia section of the NAM Final Document.  You failed to mention this ASEAN Chair letter which I had   enclosed in my earlier letter to you.  I have appended it again for your attention.

The other points you had raised are not relevant to the issue of the veracity of Global Times’ report.  Singapore has consistently adopted a clear and principled   position.  Our leaders have already addressed those issues on numerous previous occasions at meetings with your leaders. Our positions are not identical, but neither   are we opposed. So we need to understand each other’s position, accept differences, and work towards enlarging shared interests with one another.

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Full Text of Ambassador Stanley Loh's Letter to Global Times Editor-In-Chief Hu Xijin, in response to an article by Global Times (Chinese) dated 21 September 2016

The Global Times (Chinese) article dated 21 September 2016 regarding the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit attributed actions and words to Singapore which are false and unfounded.

Firstly, the proposal to update the Southeast Asia paragraphs in the NAM Final Document was not done at the last minute nor by any single ASEAN country. There was a common and united ASEAN position. It was a consensus position of all ten ASEAN members, based on agreed language from the Joint Communique of the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting.  As the current ASEAN Chair, Laos conveyed the group’s common position through a formal letter to the former-NAM Chair Iran in July 2016. Subsequently, Iran circulated ASEAN’s updates to all NAM Members on 29 July 2016.

Secondly, the NAM Chair refused ASEAN’s request to abide by the established practice in NAM for regional groupings to update the paragraphs of their respective regions in the NAM Final Document, without interference from non-regional NAM countries or external parties. If this important principle is not respected, any non-regional NAM member or external element could in future impose their views on any regional issue. This is not in the interests of the NAM and its members. The paragraphs on Southeast Asia, including those referring to the South China Sea, have been part of the NAM Final Document since 1992, and regularly updated based on the common position of the ASEAN countries.

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Laos as Chairman of ASEAN wrote to the Venezuelan Foreign Minister

I would like to extend my friendly greeting to Your Excellency, and on behalf of 10 ASEAN member States attending the XVII NAM Ministerial Meeting, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippine, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, have the honour to reiterate that the question of South China Sea is a matter of vital interest for peace stability, security and cooperation in South East Asia.  From the very beginning, ASEAN with a high respect to Venezuela Chair of XVII NAM Summit and with the strong aspiration to contribute to the success of this XVII NAM Summit, has been requesting extensive discussion and consultation with interested NAM members to reach an agreement on the issue.

Unfortunately our cooperative spirit and our constructive efforts have not been reciprocated. ASEAN, with a very deep regret and with the high respect to the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as the Chair of the XVII NAM Summit and to all distinguished NAM members, has to reiterate that ASEAN is not in a position to accept the paragraph relating to the South China Sea numbered 449 as reflected in the draft NAM Final Outcome Document received by member countries in the morning of 18 September 2016, as it does not reflect the current developments in the region. We would like to request the NAM Chair to put on record our reservation and incorporate in the NAM Final Outcome Document our reservation in the form of an Annex as follows:

“The Heads of State or Government reiterated the call to solve all sovereignty and territorial disputes in the South China Sea by peaceful means, without resorting to force and/or the threat to use force, in accordance with the universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Charter of the United Nations. In this context, they urged all parties to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea in its entirety to build, maintain and enhance mutual trust and confidence, to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities, and to work expeditiously for the early adoption of an effective Code of Conduct, which would help to promote international peace and stability in the region, with a view to creating a positive climate for the eventual resolution of all contentious issues, as mentioned in paragraph 2 of the Joint Commmunique of the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Vientiane, Laos dated 24 July 2016.

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Global Times editor defends article critical of Singapore

A Chinese newspaper editor has defended a report that criticised S'pore diplomats for raising the South China Sea issue at a recent multilateral summit.

Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin yesterday said he disagreed with Singapore's Ambassador to China Stanley Loh, who, in a letter to Mr Hu on Monday, refuted the allegations and said the daily's Sep 21 report "was replete with fabrications".

Mr Hu said the report on the Non-Aligned Movement's (NAM) 17th summit held in Venezuela 2 weeks ago reflected "the real situation" and that its sources were "serious & reliable". It was published in the Chinese edition of the daily.

related: Reporting on NAM meet inaccurate: Singapore envoy

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Blow-by-blow account of the China-Singapore spat over Global Times’ South China Sea report

Singapore’s ambassador to China and the editor-in-chief of nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times are caught up in a heated row over a report on the city state’s role in the South China Sea dispute.

The Global Times, owned by Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, had reported last Wednesday that Singapore wanted to include the Philippines’ position on an international arbitration ruling on claims to the South China Sea during the Non-Aligned Movement summit held in Venezuela earlier this month.

But Stanley Loh, Singapore’s envoy to China, rejected Global Times’ report, issuing two open letters to the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Hu Xijin this week.

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South China Sea spat exposes Singapore-Beijing strains
People's Liberation Army soldiers patrol a Beijing-administered island in a disputed part of the South China Sea © Reuters

An unusual public spat over the South China Sea between Singapore’s ambassador to China and a hawkish Communist party tabloid has exposed growing strains in the relationship between the two countries.

The Singapore envoy this week accused the Global Times of “false and unfounded” reporting following an article saying the city-state had sought to include the issue of the disputed waters in a joint statement following last week’s Non-Aligned Movement summit in Venezuela.

The newspaper, a subsidiary of Communist party mouthpiece the People’s Daily, also claimed in last week’s article that Singapore’s representative at the summit had tried — but failed — to add an endorsement of the Philippines’ international arbitration case against China’s territorial claims. It added that the representative had become exasperated and made “sarcastic remarks” when the move was opposed.

related: Asia maritime tensions

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Chinese Tabloid Riles Singapore in South China Sea Spat
A joint China-Russia naval drill off south China's Guangdong Province on Sept. 18, 2016. PHOTO: ZUMA PRESS

Tensions between Singapore and Beijing over the South China Sea moved to a new front this week: a tabloid newspaper.

Singapore’s ambassador to China has engaged in unusually public sparring with influential Chinese tabloid the Global Times over the city-state’s posture on regional maritime disputes.

The spat arose after the newspaper reported that Singaporean delegates at a recent international summit lobbied aggressively to add sterner language about the South China Sea to the meeting’s final communique. The requested wording, according to the Global Times, included references to a recent international ruling that rejected Beijing’s claims to certain rights in the strategic waters.

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Global Times: S'pore raises South China Sea arbitration at NAM summit of heads of state despite opposition

The 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Venezuela closed on Sep 18, with NAM adopting the "Declaration of Margarita Island" which will guide the development of the movement for the next three years.

However, the Global Times understands from people who have attended the summit that in the course of consultations on drafting the document, S'pore had insisted on adding contents which endorsed Philippines' South China Sea arbitration case & attempted to strengthen the contents on the South China Sea in the document. S'pore did not succeed due to unequivocal opposition from many countries.

NAM was founded in 1961 and holds a meeting every 3 years. It reflects the desire of small and medium-sized countries to break free from the control of big nations and pursue national independence, and make an effort to retain influence on major developments in the world.

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Singapore envoy refutes China report on South China Sea
This foto taken on May 5, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea

S'pore did not raise the South China Sea territorial dispute or a July arbitral tribunal ruling on the dispute at a recent multilateral summit in Venezuela, the Republic's Ambassador to China Stanley Loh said yesterday, in a letter refuting allegations made in a Chinese newspaper last week.

The actions & words attributed to Singapore are "false & unfounded", Mr Loh said in the letter about an article dated Sept 21 in the Chinese edition of the Global Times on the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit.

The NAM was formed in 1961 by a grouping of newly-independent countries that did not want to take sides in the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. It meets once every 3 years.

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Singapore 'disappointed' with 'irresponsible report' by Global Times on NAM Summit: MFA

Singapore's Ambassador to China on Mon (Sep 26) expressed the city-state's disappointment at a report by Chinese newspaper Global Times, alleging that S'pore had acted inappropriately at the recent Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit held in Venezuela. 

In a letter to the Global Times' editor-in-chief Hu Xijin, Ambassador Stanley Loh refuted the newspaper's report, stating that it "attributed actions & words to Singapore which are false & unfounded".

The report, published online on Sep 21, said S'pore wanted to include Philippines' position on the South China Sea dispute in the NAM Final Document at the last minute, which was met with opposition by many countries.

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Singapore accuses Chinese paper of fabricating South China Sea story

Singapore’s ambassador to China has accused a major state-run Chinese newspaper of fabricating a report about Singapore’s position on the South China Sea, but the paper stuck by its story.

The Global Times said on Sept. 21 that at a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Venezuela, Singapore had raised the issue of the disputed waterway and an international tribunal’s ruling in favor of the Philippines in a case it lodged against Chinese claims.

The influential tabloid, published by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, said Singapore’s attempt was foiled by the opposition of “many” other countries.

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Singapore accuses Chinese paper of fabricating South China Sea story

Singapore's ambassador to China on Tuesday accused a major state-run Chinese newspaper of fabricating a report about Singapore's position on the South China Sea, but the paper stuck by its story.

The Global Times said on Sept. 21 that at a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Venezuela, Singapore had raised the issue of the disputed waterway and an international tribunal's ruling in favour of the Philippines in a case it lodged against Chinese claims.

The influential tabloid, published by the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily, said Singapore's attempt was foiled by the opposition of "many" other countries.

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Singapore Accuses Beijing Media of Fabricating Story on South China Sea

Singapore’s ambassador to China has accused the Global Times, a major Chinese news outlet, of publishing an article containing falsehoods. China, however, insists the article is reporting the truth.

On September 18, the 17th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, an organization created in 1961 in opposition to NATO and the former Warsaw Pact, ended. As the organization finalized its Declaration of Margarita Island, a wrap-up document detailing plans for the organization's next three years, the Singaporean delegation reportedly raised the issue of territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The request to include the issue within the document was said to have been denied by Venezuela, the current president of the organization, a move that, according to the Global Times, "infuriated" the Singaporean delegation. The Chinese paper claimed they were citing a "reliable source," who was in attendance at the summit.

This claim that has been firmly denied by the Singaporean ambassador to China, Stanley Loh. According to Loh, the Global Times article is an "irresponsible report replete with fabrications and unfounded allegations with no regard for the facts."

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Singapore: Chinese Paper Made Up South China Sea Story
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On Tuesday, Singapore accused the Chinese state-owned tabloid Global Times of making up a story on Singapore's views of maritime disputes in the South China Sea.

The Global Times published a piece on September 21 alleging that Singapore had "insisted on rendering the [Philippines' view of the South China Sea dispute] into the final document of the Seventeenth Non-Aligned Movement Summit," a meeting of developing nations held in Venezuela earlier in the month. 

The report further claimed that Singapore's efforts at NAM persisted "late into the night, upsetting many countries."

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Singapore accuses China of fabricating article about South China Sea dispute

Singapore's ambassador to China has accused a Chinese state-run newspaper of fabricating an article about Singapore's position on the South China Sea.

On 21 September, the Global Times printed that a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Venezuela saw Singapore raise issues surrounding the South China Sea dispute and The Hague's ruling against Chinese claims over it. According to the Global Times, Singapore's attempt to raise the issue was blocked by opposition from "many" countries.

Stanley Loh, Singapore's ambassador in Beijing, has since written a letter to the Global Times' editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin, in protest against the article. Loh stated that the words attributed to Singapore in the article were "false and unfounded".

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Chinese Newspaper Accused by Singapore of Fabricating The Story About South China Sea

The ambassador of Singapore to China accused on Tuesday a major state-run newspaper from China of making up a report about the position of Singapore on the South China Sea, the paper staying by its story.

On Sept. 21 the Global Times said that during a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement from Venezuela, the issue of the disputed waterway was raised by Singapore, an international tribunal which is ruling in the Philippines’s side in a case against the Chinese claims.

The influential newspaper, which is published by the official People’s Daily  of the Communist Party, wrote that Singapore’s attempt was prevented by ‘many’ other countries opposition. An anonymous ‘person in the know’ was cited by the newspaper.

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China, neighbors to discuss sea cooperation

Potential cooperation between China and claimant nations in the South China Sea ranging from maritime economic development to maritime tourism, fishery protection and island construction loomed at a maritime summit in Xiangshan, Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang Province.

Experts stressed that while it is important for China to protect its sovereignty, turning the South China Sea into an area of peace and collaboration is crucial as well.

The forum, which went by the theme, "Cooperation and sharing: mechanisms of solving the South China Sea issue," was co-hosted by the China International Ocean Forum and Shanghai Federation of Social Science Associations.  

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The Global Times published a piece on September 21: Reliable source

The Global Times published an online article on its Chinese website last week saying that the NAM chair country Venezuela on September 18 refused Singapore's request to include an endorsement for the South China Sea arbitration award into the final document of the summit. 

According to the source, the Singaporean delegation was infuriated when most of the countries objected to its request and spoke rudely to these countries' representatives, the report said.

Singapore also kept harping on the issue at the summit, delaying conferences into the night on many occasions and causing antipathy among other countries, according to the source. 

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