21 Sep '17, 1pm

Is #Singapore close to severing its military links with Taiwan?

The visit of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to China could result in a decades-long military training programme between the city state and Taiwan – long a thorn in Beijing’s side – being put on hold, according to military observers and people familiar with the matter. The Starlight project was established in 1975 in a deal between Singapore’s late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and Taiwan’s then Premier Chiang Ching-kuo. Given the city state’s limited land and airspace, the pair reached an agreement to allow its armed forces to train in Taiwan. However, according to a Beijing-based retired senior colonel, who asked not to be named, the project might now be suspended, as relations between China and Singapore get back on track after a difficult few months. Visit to China by Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong is a sign relations are back on track “The Starlight project is ...

Full article: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/...

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