Exercise Starlight, Singapore’s military programme with Taiwan, is ending soon, claims China’s Global Times

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“Exercise Starlight” is coming to en end, according to the Global Times. Citing unnamed Hongkong media, it speculated that the 42-year-old tradition of Singapore soldiers training its soldiers in Taiwan would soon cease, following Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to Beijing.

It said: “Though there hasn’t been any official announcement, such military exchanges should have been stopped long ago…

“The ‘Starlight programme’ is an unsolved problem between China and Singapore. In 1975, then Taiwan leader Chiang Ching-kuo and then Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew signed the programme. Since then, Singapore has been sending troops almost every year to Taiwan for training, more than 10,000 soldiers in peak years.”

Global Times said the Chinese mainland has tolerated the “Starlight programme” for a long time due to historical reasons. The “illegitimate” nature of this programme means it will be increasingly difficult to carry on.

It added: “At a time when the Tsai Ing-wen administration of Taiwan refused to recognise the 1992 Consensus and Singapore also turned its back on the Chinese mainland, the Starlight programme became conspicuously peculiar. Last September, when Singapore’s armoured vehicles were intercepted in Hong Kong on their way back from Taiwan, this programme was exposed.

“Taiwan wanted to use this cooperation with Singapore to prevent the latter from fully supporting the mainland. The US is fond of seeing Singapore and Taiwan maintain this bond, as both of them are its pawns.”

It said: “When cross-Straits relations were stable and Sino-Singaporean ties sound, the Chinese mainland tolerated the programme. However, this programme no doubt damages the one-China principle. The Chinese mainland reserves its right to change its approach to it at any time.

“Singapore has long sensed the short life of this programme, which is why it has leased a large training facility in Australia.”

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      quote: “ Chinese state media has praised the country’s “four new great inventions” – even though none of them actually originated in China…..
      The first modern high-speed rail, known as the Tokaido Shinkansen, operated in Japan in 1964. The US started testing e-payment systems in the 1990s.
      Bike sharing can trace its roots back to Europe in the 1960s and online shopping emerged when Englishman Michael Aldrich connected a TV to a computer with telephone lines to sell groceries online in 1979.
      State-run CCTV attracted derision online after it boasted about the “four new inventions” in a tweet on Saturday. “Does China even know the Meaning of Invention? All are Copied from Japan, USA & other parts of the World,” one user wrote on Twitter.
      “Your grasp of world history is breathtakingly absent,” another wrote. ”
      http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2106865/talent-invention-chinas-media-tries-lay-claim-other-countries

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      Fascist Mainland CHINA live in their “own truth Universe” …hence need the FireWall, control VPN to keep especially their domestic citizens brainwashed from real facts and false scientific claims/inventions by china …. and so do many of those blindly pro CHINA 哗哮声Chinese sgporean in Singapore. NO wonder LKY wanted to close Chinese medium schools /University in 1960s

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    It is in Singapore interest. Coz the Chinese r planning for reunification via military means. If our troops and equipment still station in Taiwan, they will kill them along with the Taiwanese

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    Many shortsighted views. Fact is Taiwan is so urbanised that the land is insufficient for our exercises. If you want divisional exercises or larger scale ones, you can’t do it in Taiwan. If you want to deal with larger enemies, you need larger piece of land to prepare your troops. That means land where you can function with air, land and sea elements. And if you want your troops to learn how to function in non tropical weather, then you need to look for a larger piece of land further away. We never give in our foreign policy. So don’t have wishful thinking. But meanwhile, have all the make believe dream you want.

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      Fascist Mainland CHINA live in their “own truth Universe” …hence need the FireWall and VPN control etc…..quote:
      “ Chinese state media has praised the country’s “four new great inventions” – even though none of them actually originated in China…..
      The first modern high-speed rail, known as the Tokaido Shinkansen, operated in Japan in 1964. The US started testing e-payment systems in the 1990s.
      Bike sharing can trace its roots back to Europe in the 1960s and online shopping emerged when Englishman Michael Aldrich connected a TV to a computer with telephone lines to sell groceries online in 1979.
      State-run CCTV attracted derision online after it boasted about the “four new inventions” in a tweet on Saturday. “Does China even know the Meaning of Invention? All are Copied from Japan, USA & other parts of the World,” one user wrote on Twitter.
      “Your grasp of world history is breathtakingly absent,” another wrote. ”
      http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2106865/talent-invention-chinas-media-tries-lay-claim-other-countries
      i busy now. if i have time maybe i post more on this “cashless” using QR code or NFC and smartphone / phone app technology . which all technologies are NOT invented by china.

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      Global TIMES is a CHINA’s ultra nationalistic mouthpiece that say things what their Gov’t WISHED but Dare NOT say or DO and NOT necessarily what they SAY will be executed for MOST issues.

      IF we don’t trust Straits Times as part of 151 Ranked MEDIA in terms of media Freedom nation, WHY should we trust CHINA’s 176 ranked state media, worse is GT, the most nationalistic media amongst PRC state media platforms, MOSTLY for DOMESTIC consumption to do their own brainwashing and masturbation

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    Just cannot help but wonder why Singapore as an independent sovereign country has to subject her inter-country engagement to be dictated by another country ?? In any case , 40years of close military relationship can be altered just at the calling s(whims and fancy) of another country , guess it beg to reflects much about the international standing of the current leadership.
    After the late LKY’s era, Singapore really need a leader with “the iron in him” to make our space felt in the arena of international politic!!!
    Perhaps perhaps someone with the intelligence and guts attribute of the maverick opposition personification in Dr.CSJ should emerge within the ruling government to lead , till then God help us!!! Majullah Singapura!!! All Singaporean , this is the time to stand up for Singapore !!!

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    Singapore assumes the chairmanship of ASEAN next year so XJP must have made it clear to LHL that there must be questioning China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and the one China policy regarding Taiwan.
    And no more silly bak kut teh jokes.

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    We got to survive in a tough neighborhood. Honor and pride can be secondary….
    Let’s be friends with the corrupt bully. He is getting stronger by the day.
    I hope I don’t need to teach my future generations this way to live. But I got to survive right now…….

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    This is the correct move. The new age belongs to China and our relationship with Taiwan should be a thing of the past. We shouldn’t be weighed down by an old baggage.

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    That’s the paper’s criticism about what we ‘should’ have done. Unlikely to happen

    SHOULD end soon* is extremely different from ‘GOING to end soon’

    We are friends with everyone. Doing this would be an extremely overt way of bowing to the PRC.

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    Global TIMES is a CHINA’s ultra nationalistic mouthpiece that say things what their Gov’t WISHED but Dare NOT say or DO and NOT necessarily what they SAY will be executed for MOST issues.

    IF we don’t trust Straits Times as part of 151 Ranked MEDIA in terms of media Freedom nation, WHY should we trust CHINA’s 176 ranked state media, worse is GT, the most nationalistic media amongst PRC state media platforms, MOSTLY for DOMESTIC consumption to do their own brainwashing and masturbation

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    IF we don’t trust Straits Times as part of 151 Ranked MEDIA in terms of media Freedom nation, WHY should we trust CHINA’s 176 ranked state media, worse is GT, the most nationalistic media amongst PRC state media platforms, MOSTLY for DOMESTIC consumption to do their own brainwashing and masturbation

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      Fascist Mainland CHINA live in their “own truth Universe” …hence need the FireWall and VPN control etc…..quote:
      “ Chinese state media has praised the country’s “four new great inventions” – even though none of them actually originated in China…..
      The first modern high-speed rail, known as the Tokaido Shinkansen, operated in Japan in 1964. The US started testing e-payment systems in the 1990s.
      Bike sharing can trace its roots back to Europe in the 1960s and online shopping emerged when Englishman Michael Aldrich connected a TV to a computer with telephone lines to sell groceries online in 1979.
      State-run CCTV attracted derision online after it boasted about the “four new inventions” in a tweet on Saturday. “Does China even know the Meaning of Invention? All are Copied from Japan, USA & other parts of the World,” one user wrote on Twitter.
      “Your grasp of world history is breathtakingly absent,” another wrote. ”
      http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2106865/talent-invention-chinas-media-tries-lay-claim-other-countries
      i busy now. if i have time maybe i post more on this “cashless” using QR code or NFC and smartphone / phone app technology . which all technologies are NOT invented by china.

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      USA already had logistics Robots in 2007, IF not earlier! SAME orange colour as china’s April 2017 online boasting , obvious china trying to copycat too)

      “美國在2007年就在用了,井底之蛙。”~引述:Brandon Cheng ; 谁知道。。。 可能 Brandon Cheng 2007年的也未必是世界第一。。。 总之不是中国大陆世界第一就是了。。 美国 或其他国家早就有了!(美国2007年广告都没吹牛什么突破/创新/世界第一, 谁知道 到更早有没有 其他国家早就有了)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdmtya8emMw

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    USA already had logistics Robots in 2007, IF not earlier! SAME orange colour as china’s April 2017 online boasting , obvious china trying to copycat too)

    “美國在2007年就在用了,井底之蛙。”~引述:Brandon Cheng ; 谁知道。。。 可能 Brandon Cheng 2007年的也未必是世界第一。。。 总之不是中国大陆世界第一就是了。。 美国 或其他国家早就有了!(美国2007年广告都没吹牛什么突破/创新/世界第一, 谁知道 到更早有没有 其他国家早就有了)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdmtya8emMw

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      : The fact remains that for decades China has failed to get the PAP Government to terminate Starlight Exercise in Taiwan. And China is not able to stop trading and economic cooperations with Singapore. If you were in the PAP shoe and blessed with Singapore’s conditions, you would want to do the same! Because it is a more sensible approach, given Singapore’s conditions and the track record of Communist China!

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      While i don’t trust this china propaganda piece, Pap might indeed give up taiwan training arrangement and bases. Since times have change and SAF Training bases have diversified alot since the arrangement with TW started. There is now usa, Aust, thailand Brunei and taiwan. I quite concerns for taiwan since they seems now quite replaceable in overall context in saf t training needs. Especially so if china offer places of replacement.

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      : The one in Australia seems very good as it provides for many combat scenarios. Training in Taiwan will definitely be reduced because of the good base in Australia, but I believe the PAP Government will not be silly to give up the Taiwanese training ground for a number of operational and strategic reasons, especially the Taiwan Government is keen to host us.

      China has been offering itself as replacement on very generous terms for decades, but Singapore as expected refuses to take up the offer. Then PRC Premier Li Peng said it publicly when he was on a visit in Singapore, “Whatever Taiwan gives you, we will give you – and more!” Till now, Singapore never takes up the offer – and that is a very sensible decision.

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      actually, there are other strategic reasons and advantage it is good for SG to continue have ties with Taiwan that some pro china idiots cannot see.

      if SG cut off all taiwan ties, who else can be host and middle-man can future negotiations with Taiwan be held. HK and Macau is already taken back, and deemed china’s lapdog and under control. SG is the only Neutral and chinese majority country or land that is suitable as host, especially when Current TW , CHINA relations are bad and need future place to talk and negotiate. dont forget the 1st talks and most recent talks and meetup are both held in Singapore!

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    Fascist Mainland CHINA live in their “own truth Universe” …hence need the FireWall, control VPN to keep especially their domestic citizens brainwashed from real facts and false scientific claims/inventions by china …. and so do many of those blindly pro CHINA 哗哮声Chinese sgporean in Singapore. NO wonder LKY wanted to close Chinese medium schools /University in 1960s

    quote: “ Chinese state media has praised the country’s “four new great inventions” – even though none of them actually originated in China…..
    The first modern high-speed rail, known as the Tokaido Shinkansen, operated in Japan in 1964. The US started testing e-payment systems in the 1990s.
    Bike sharing can trace its roots back to Europe in the 1960s and online shopping emerged when Englishman Michael Aldrich connected a TV to a computer with telephone lines to sell groceries online in 1979.
    State-run CCTV attracted derision online after it boasted about the “four new inventions” in a tweet on Saturday. “Does China even know the Meaning of Invention? All are Copied from Japan, USA & other parts of the World,” one user wrote on Twitter.
    “Your grasp of world history is breathtakingly absent,” another wrote. ”
    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2106865/talent-invention-chinas-media-tries-lay-claim-other-countries

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    Be realistic people. China is the Super economic power. If china lets the little red dot to train in PRC – that would be the biggest face. Just hope.
    Taiwan is stooge of hegemonic USA.

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    Damon fool. The hard work of LKY is being destroyed by his useless, brainless, no visions n foresight son. LKY built up the very very pillars for S’pore. Didn’t think of the long way or just hungry for the ‘share’…..benefit for U all or for local citizens????? Why must listen n follow instructions for other country if it is not for S’pore. How much money are U going to loose away from S’poreanCPF). No visions

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    Taiwan is the larger in size compared to hongkong. Its military is sophiscated. China wants to subdue Taiwan military prowress so no military exercises continues. We needed Taiwan as our bases are small. Now we already enlarge our sizes, we can turn to nearer practice place.

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    The original plan was to join forces with smaller friends to fight a bigger bully. I guess the bully won.

    Good luck if you think you have a place in its new world design.

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      but Global TIMES is also CHINA’s ultra nationalistic mouthpiece that say things what their Gov’t WISHED but Dare NOT say or DO and NOT necessarily what they SAY will be executed for MOST issues.

      IF we don’t trust Straits Times as part of 151 Ranked MEDIA in terms of media Freedom nation, WHY should we trust CHINA’s 176 ranked state media, worse is GT, the most nationalistic media amongst PRC state media platforms, MOSTLY for DOMESTIC consumption to do their own brainwashing and masturbation

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      Fascist Mainland CHINA live in their “own truth Universe” …hence need the FireWall and VPN control etc…..quote:
      “ Chinese state media has praised the country’s “four new great inventions” – even though none of them actually originated in China…..
      The first modern high-speed rail, known as the Tokaido Shinkansen, operated in Japan in 1964. The US started testing e-payment systems in the 1990s.
      Bike sharing can trace its roots back to Europe in the 1960s and online shopping emerged when Englishman Michael Aldrich connected a TV to a computer with telephone lines to sell groceries online in 1979.
      State-run CCTV attracted derision online after it boasted about the “four new inventions” in a tweet on Saturday. “Does China even know the Meaning of Invention? All are Copied from Japan, USA & other parts of the World,” one user wrote on Twitter.
      “Your grasp of world history is breathtakingly absent,” another wrote. ”
      http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2106865/talent-invention-chinas-media-tries-lay-claim-other-countries

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    Global Times is a sensationist newspaper whose role is to play the devil’s advocate. So why are so many people so led on by it? China is too smart to inflict an instant big wound in the triangular ties of the three entities. Singapore will look bad if it is forced to end the exercise now. China will rather make it feel indebted with continuity of the programme. Taiwan could not afford too this drastic break-off now as it will look more isolated. Time is on China’s side and it will steer the game any time it wants.

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    I don’t thing we’re succumbing to strings. We’re just being pragmatic and the priority is always our own national and Singaporean interests! If the Taiwanese link has less benefits (obtainable elsewhere and through other arrangements) then it has to be re-evaluated and sized up or down accordingly! If our interests are at risk then the adjustment is quite inevitable.

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    actually, there are other strategic reasons and advantage it is good for SG to continue have ties with Taiwan that some pro china idiots cannot see.

    if SG cut off all taiwan ties, who else can be location host and middle-man to future negotiations with Taiwan ? HK and Macau is already taken back, and deemed china’s lapdog and under CCP control. SG is the only Neutral and chinese majority country or land that is suitable as host between red china and democratic Taiwan ,
    especially when Current TW, CHINA relations are bad and need place to talk and negotiate in future. dont forget the 1st talks and most recent talks and meetup between TW and CHINA are both held in Singapore

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    ??? Why you guys are so unhappy about it? Previously when China is angry with Singapore.. You are the one blaming LHL for making China angry and not kowtowing. Now LHL makes China happy, you all saying why kowtow to China?

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