China, Singapore Speak on China’s Seizure of Singapore’s Military Vehicles
Chinese and Singapore officials have spoken out in regard to the forceful acquisition of the nine military vehicles from Singapore, which were seized last week on Wednesday as they passed through Hong Kong from Taiwan.
In a news segment by the Strait times, Minister of Defense Dr. Ng Eng Hen announced that officials who were mandated to ship the armed vehicles are to meet with Hong Kong customs on Tuesday.
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He added that the team was also given the mandate to check and ensure that the machinery was okay and still fit to operate.
In a different interview, Singapore's Minister for Foreign affairs Vivian Balakrishan said that there was no hidden agenda behind the impound.
He urged that the incident is handled low-key so as to safeguard the relationship between Singapore and Beijing.
"We expect commercial providers of services to strictly comply with the law. It will be a footnote on how to do things strictly, carefully and by the law," Balakrishan said.
On their side, Chinese officials said that they were strongly against any military co-existence among Taiwan or any other country that enjoys diplomatic ties with China, according to a report by state media house CCTV.
Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Geng Shuang, is quoted saying that the Chinese government expects the Singaporean government to work diligently in accordance with the One-China principle.
Cheng adds that talks were ongoing in regard to the law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
With the ongoing South China Sea Dispute, China is seeking to ensure that all its allies remain loyal.