Lee: Worrying trend of hardening attitudes surfacing in Sino-US relations

SINGAPORE : A worrying trend is starting to happen in the frayed Sino-United States relationship, with attitudes on both sides hardening towards the other party, said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as he cited examples in each country.

In his keynote address at the Shangri-la dialogue in the city here yesterday, he said a negative view of China is the norm not just in the White House but is shared widely by Congress, the military, the media, academics and non-governmental organisations too.

Likewise, a mistrust of the US intention towards China is widespread among its government and opinion makers, he said.

In the US now, Lee said the security establishment officially describes China as a “revisionist power” and a “strategic competitor”.

He said the recent Presidential Executive Order on securing the information and communications technology and services supply chain, which stated that it is aimed at “foreign adversaries”.

“It stopped just short of naming any specific country, but made quite clear what actions the US intends to take,” said Lee.

He added that there is a growing bipartisan consensus across both the Republican and the Democratic parties that China has taken advantage of the US for far too long; that China has overtaken, or will soon overtake, the US in areas of advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence and some aspects of military technology, through underhand means. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network

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