Singapore's Prime Minister lee Kuan Yew has warned China's senior vice-premier Teng Hsiao-ping not to meddle with Singapore's dominant Chinese population.
Singapore's Prime Minister lee Kuan Yew has warned China's senior vice-premier Teng Hsiao-ping not to meddle with Singapore's dominant Chinese population. The warning came at a banquet in Singapore on Sunday (12 November), just after Mr. Teng had arrived on an official visit.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Lee was on hand at Singapore airport to greet the Chinese visitor and his wife. Mr. Lee acknowledges his own Chinese origins, but says he and his people have developed their separate experiences and history, and they cannot sacrifice their national interests for China.
Mr. Teng has urged the five members of the Association of South East Asian Nations -- and Singapore is one of them -- to appreciate China's policy on Vietnam. He has suggested the association should tilt towards China to counter-balance the inroads of the new Vietnam-Soviet alliance.
Mr. Lee was to tell him that none of the association's member countries could afford to get involved in great power rivalries, and a Singapore government spokesman revealed there were differences of opinion between the two leaders.