Why is PAP Encouraging India to Use Naval Base Against China

The Indian news organisation NDTV has reported that Singapore has asked India to use Changi Naval Base for its warships.

The report says that the Indian navy “will be able to refuel, restock and, if needed, rearm at Singapore’s latest naval base before continuing their mission” in the South China Sea.

It further notes that the move is “a combined effort” between Singapore and India to counter the increasing presence of the Chinese in South East Asia and the Indian Ocean region.

This news seems to be confirmed in the Mindef’s website post.

What is even more disturbing is that the report quotes Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen as saying: “I would respond categorically – not only would we be more comfortable, we would encourage the Indian Navy to visit Changi Naval base more often.”

All this is happening against the backdrop of Singapore trying to repair our damaged relations with China.

After getting Singapore excluded from the One Belt One Road summit in Beijing earlier this year, PM Lee Hsien Loong visited China in September and assured everyone that relations with China “are more than stable, they are in a good state”.

The development took place as Singapore comes under scrutiny for supporting the United States navy at Changi Naval Base in the ongoing dispute over the islands in the South China Sea.

There are three issues at stake here:

One, how will such a so-called “combined effort” with India to counter China serve Singapore’s interests? Why is Dr Ng Eng Hen “encouraging” India to use our naval facilities? If the quote in the NDTV report is inaccurate, Dr Ng should refute it immediately.

Two, why is the PAP unnecessarily dragging Singapore into a theatre of armed conflict by encouraging countries to use us as a war-staging area. The biggest loser, should hostilities break out between these countries, would be Singapore.

Three, PM Lee seems to be speaking from both sides of his mouth. On the one hand, he says that he wants to have good relations with Beijing but, on the other, he seems to be working with India militarily to counter China.

If we are going to be taken seriously as an honest broker in maintaining peace and stability in the region, such confusing and contradictory moves do not help.

We run the danger of being seen, or worse, treated as a double-headed snake that cannot be trusted by anyone. This is especially problematic as we take over the Chairmanship of ASEAN next year.

As the SDP has said repeatedly, we are a small country and we should not take sides in international disputes between regional giants. Singapore’s future depends on goodwill and healthy relations with our neighbours in the region and throughout the world.

The current PAP administration seems to be dragging Singapore in the opposite and this is a dangerous game that the party is playing.

Singapore Democrats

 

 

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35 Responses to “Why is PAP Encouraging India to Use Naval Base Against China”

  • Titiana Ann Xavier:

    It is quite clear that the Indian Lobby is getting stronger within the PAP. PM Lee needs an Indian President to guard the skeletons in his closet and the Indian Navy to protect his regime. The PAP is in the throes of a succession crisis. The Doklam standoff must have given PM Lee the idea that India is more than a match for China. Tharman or Shanmugam needs India should one of them become the next PM. PM Lee is probably thinking of making Singapore a protectorate of India. PM Lee was snubbed by China. He wants to return the favour. PM Lee is playing with fire at the expense of the nation.

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  • nathan:

    What can you expect from the land of Snakes and the land of Serpents?
    Nothing honorable. India has just averted a war with China over common borders, recently. But still fuming. For Singapore bi-lateral relation with China won’t business as usual due to Singapore’s big mouth over China exerting dominance over other Asean claimants countries in the South-China seas. Worst is China perception of Singapore siding with the American over the South-China Seas. Singapore now can’t play one giant power against another for it’s survival or nationsl interests. So, they have to settle for the next best thing,India. For the time being. In the meanwhile, the US and China are playing Singapore for a fool as she continues to pours billions into both countries to no avail to pay for double-face diplomacy. And India will soon be playing the same game with Singapore. Squeezing as much as benefits possible out of Singapore before the friendship runs its course. Less heartache for Singapore and Singaporeans if she had remain a less rich but a honest nation.

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  • Basement:

    Double headed snake, yes you’re righ SDP since lky time,

    Now every one knows.

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  • Bruise Lee:

    Jia lat liao. Indian sailors may go on a raping spree when they come ashore.

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  • Bad Boy:

    Well if China can use Malaysia base then India also can use our base.

    China always say they don’t interfere with other peoples affair but always not happy with this or protest that or boycott you. Same old CCP tactic sending agents all over the world to bribe to influence. Remember the professor PR revoked and deported. probably pain leg kena caught, so no choice but to back off a bit. Now some former movie star actress husband two detained and investigation for Africa bribery. Sabo ? Wrongly accuse ? Wait for further notice.

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  • The Pride Of Clown Prince:

    These arrogant and egoistic ministars are going to put everyone into hardship except themselves having cheated millions in salaries. These paper stooges think that they are very smart and strategic in politicking. They have already created a huge mess of this country, now they are also further making this red spot an enemy of everyone in this region in order just to salvage their bruised egos.

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  • Ah Peng Kia:

    Lee Hsien Loong is trying to wear a hat that’s too big for his head, but he and his Ministers don’t realise that. Their out-of-this world public-funded salaries have made them too arrogant and pompous to even realise they are not as important as they think in the eyes of other world leaders. They may earn more than other world leaders, but to others, they are but an ant that can be easily trampled on. Money cannot buy you loyalty for life.

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  • opposition dude:

    Goondu Loong backside itchy, simple as that.

    He still hasn’t quite leant his lesson from the Terrex incident it seems. Wait until he makes Xi sibeh du lan with him and the show will kick into high gear.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Proxy war to be fought in SInkapoo. Home Team at home make babies.

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    because of tight slap by China, duly justified slap we say even though we are Singaporeans, clown cannot tahan and so trying to revenge via ah neh.

    big mistake. because clown has chosen wrong ones as ally. because ah neh all forked tongues. cannot be trusted. nothing but old nun rapists wife burners dowry seeking snakes shaking head when they mean yes.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    pap lies. so why do we care. let the ah neh snakes bite. we clap clap celebrate if China punishes. because there is no other way out. until country fails and 70% sheep suffers nothing is going to improve.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • MakeLoveNotWar:

    The huge mighty China is going to crush this little red dot like a cockroach!
    The OBOR network by passing SG will see to that in one way..
    Other ways we’ll see n feel eventually !
    That Chief clown started it!

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  • Change We Must:

    Maybe this was also offered to China but they have yet to take it up.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    The point about Singapore’s relations with China is that it is broken and cannot be put together again–because our Humpty Dumpty fell from the Great Wall”.

    The Chinese are shrewed operators. They never deny or say bad things about anyone or country–unlike out Clown Prince. It is by their actions that you should judge them. As I understand it, Singapore is still not on the One Belt One Road scheme, despite what the clown said.

    The Changi Naval Base cost a lot of money to build. So needs to have customers to use it. So they call on India–note, they did not call on Malaysia or Indonesia to use that naval base. So they are trying to have one foot on three boats.

    Firstly, to ensure that there is counter balance of Chinese military in the South China Sea. Secondly, to keep a check on Singapore neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia. Finally, to hide behind India’s skirt should there be an outbreak of hostilities. Also to increase revenue could be a fourth reason.

    It is a stupid thing to do as the future of Singapore lies in being friendly with everyone. It is such a small place–it is practically indefencible as there is hardly any land to defend.

    Sad to see that small boys are trying very hard to be big, powerful men. Yet, they are the highest paid in the world.

    Singaporeans carry a heavy burden with the PAP in charge and it will get worse as time goes on.

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  • Merobok:

    Can we trust the Indians…knowing full well that they twist and turn? We all have heard of the “Indian and snake” story told by many who have tasted their venom!
    Anyway, should their navy personnel come on shore, Little India restaurants will have to open 24 hours, all toddy shops will be fully patronised and so will the girls along Serangoon road!

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    What a lousy game our political Leeders are playing? Perhaps, with the Taiwan training grounds prohibited in due course, we just need more bilateral excerises and training area to show off our expensive acquisitions.

    We have not tried Africa and South America yet. Surely, there must be some territories there willing to welcome Foreign Talents like us.

    Titiana Ann Xavier:
    It is quite clear that the Indian Lobby is getting stronger within the PAP. PM Lee needs an Indian President to guard the skeletons in his closet and the Indian Navy to protect his regime. The PAP is in the throes of a succession crisis. The Doklam standoff must have given PM Lee the idea that India is more than a match for China. Tharman or Shanmugam needs India should one of them become the next PM. PM Lee is probably thinking of making Singapore a protectorate of India. PM Lee was snubbed by China. He wants to return the favour. PM Lee is playing with fire at the expense of the nation.

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  • indian boat arrived liao!:

    An opportunity for entrepreneurial minded Sinkies or some new citizens from India to open some girly bars somewhere in Changi.

    Old tortise-heads in Little India Desker Road will be happy with the news.

    Locals used to say…Angmo boat arrived already. From now on there will be a brand new Sinkie slang/word…Indian boat arrived liao. Huat ah!!!!

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  • jaywalker:

    This govt is run by multi-mllion dollar idiots, peiod!

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  • Regional outcast:

    China don’t want to friend us anymore so we have to suck up to India.

    China prefers our crazy cousins up North.

    Next time don’t vote for the overpaid white ghosts please or we’ll lose more friends.

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  • Indian Sailors Riot In Little:

    Will our police personnel run for their safety if the Indian Sailors start rioting in Little India ?

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  • China Shoot Missile at Changi:

    Will India respond if China shoot a Missile at Changi Naval Base or will they sayu it is none of their farking business ?

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  • Little Boys Playing Politics:

    Our leaders should have a good look into the mirror. Can we afford to antagonize other larger countries ?

    Try Antagonize Indonesia – all they need to do is to burn their forest continuosly for two months and all of us will die of Cancer within one year. Alternatively they can ask their 300 million citizens to donate their urine and use an aircraft to pour the urine over Singapore and we will all drown in their urine.

    Try Antagonize Malaysia – they can poison our water at the River source in Johor and we will all be begging for mercy or alternatively they can stop their export of vegetable, fruits, meat and other food items to Singapore

    Try Antagonize China – they can stop the 6 million Chinese tourists from coming to Singapore and our restaurants and shops will closed for business. They can also stop importing Singapore made products such as computer disk drives, printed circuit boards, wafers and other electronic and telecoms products and we will be severely hit economically.

    Try Antagonize USA – They can pull out their companies from Singapore such as Broadcom Corporation and Pinky will commit suicide immediately.

    Try Antagonize India – they can ask their citizens in Singapore to riot and we will have a big headache. Alternatively they can order their IT people to return to India and all our IT projects will have to stop and there will be nobody to immediately maintain existing IT system because we have allow ourselves to be too dependent on them.

    These countries do not even have to fire a single bullet to cause harm to Singapore.

    Appeal to our leaders – please use your brains when making decisions because we the people will be directly affected. IQ very high no use. EQ is more important for the survival of our Singapore.

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  • Frank Comment:

    To be frank, nothing wrong to invite the indian navy to use our naval base.the only problem is that the indians are very capricious and unreliable partners.Can be played out easily.

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  • Hot Jinx:

    Is India longan balls` new daddy?

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  • nihon:

    who does this ng eng hen think he is?

    he is a nobody, why get indian navy to come here?

    it is the new strategy of usa to contain china, using taiwan, japan, sg and s korea, and now india to counter china’s rise and hegemony in scs.

    the cpc’s imperialist tendencies are v clear.

    it is better to send a clear signal on free navigation in scs but without involving sg in this dispute.

    cpc is trying to control asia. and has ganged up with russia against usa and allies.

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  • Khawk Bonus:

    Frank Comment:
    To be frank, nothing wrong to invite the indian navy to use our naval base.the only problem is that the indians are very capricious and unreliable partners.Can be played out easily.

    Why worry, singlians will just say Boh Bian if get played out.

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  • like wise:

    @ who does this ng eng hen think he is?

    Likewise who the hell is this nihon think he is ?
    CCP agent is it ?

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  • Tax sgreans more please!:

    How many more IT jobs will go to India??

    Oh, I get it, India help sg for free.

    Ya. I born a few seconds ago.

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  • nathan:

    Ng Eng Hen thinks he is one of the global Iron Man. Best of the best. Best among equals.

    His small army of tin soldiers can take on many – one against 100 from countries with larger armies with his swollen brain paper Generals and the latest cutting-edge war machines of the sky, the sea and the land that money can buy. hahaha. He is Genghis Khan of the SAF.

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  • another observer:

    For the MIWs, it´s business, stupid! Perhaps Singapore Inc. is feeling the slow down in its bicycle economy. Like many said, ¨watch your cpf policy indicators!¨ Now this behaviour – like a desperate prostitute is another indicator?

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  • Lallang foreign affairs policy:

    They think they are very smart to indulge in LALLANG politics.
    (Lallang is a long coarse thin weedy grass that sways with the slightest movement of the wind).
    Others just watch in presence.
    Others are not stupid.
    They are watching how stupid and arrogant you grow by the day.
    You can take advantage of your neighbors’ weaknesses but for how long?
    There is nothing like sincerity in any dealings for long term good relationship.

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  • Looking Forward:

    环评通过!中泰铁路12昆明到曼谷将朝发夕至
    https://xw.qq.com/news/20171205012499/NEW201712050124990I

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  • Looking good:

    http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001075388?full=y#ccode=iosaction

    经济学人智库发布中国对外直接投资报告

    报告称,中国非金融对外直接投资下降了逾40%,新加坡取代美国成为中国对外直接投资的首选目的地。

    China sucking up ??? since next year ASEAN chairman ship is SG.

    Singapore will also try to promote cooperation between ASEAN and China as the country coordinator for dialogue relations between the two parties, M
    Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-to-officially-take-over-chairmanship-at-31st-asean-9397280

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  • OBOR gravy train to bypass us:

    Big brother Xi will be fuming with this idiot chair of Asean. Just dangle some carrots over some of the Asean members and they will know how to show their middle finger to this Incompetent Asean chair ! Just watch how the rest of Asean will be benefitting from the OBOR projects while we are left on the sidelines. Wanna participate ?Brother Xi will say Tan Ku Ku to us ! Brace yourselves for more tax hikes as our stakes in Goldman Sacs etc go up in smoke !

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  • Fxxk china:

    For once, I agree with PAP to use our naval base against China. Its time to put China men and their prozzies in place. China want Asia to submit to them but heck no, Singapore will not bow. FUCK OFF CHINA!

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  • Khawk Boon 1:

    I very smart one.
    I know how to please India.

    Let more IT jobs be outsourced to India.

    Singaporeans can do Uber and Foodpandas, honest bee or ninja van. At worse be a security guard.

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