China files protest with Singapore over joint military exercise with Taiwan

November 28, 2016 7:40 pm

The grab from Reuters footage shows Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang speaking at a press briefing in Beijing on November 28, 2016.

has protested to Singapore over maneuvers conducted earlier between the city-state and Taiwan.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters on Monday that Beijing has filed a formal complaint to Singapore for “any form of official exchanges with Taiwan, including military exchanges and cooperation.”
Nine armored troop carriers belonging to Singapore, which were being shipped back from Taiwan after the exercises, were held in Hong Kong last week.
Singapore’s Defense Ministry has said the shipment of Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles and other Singaporean military equipment has been held in Hong Kong since last Wednesday due to a “request for routine inspections” by customs.
It confirmed that the armored vehicles had been used in military exercises.

Six of the nine armored troop carriers belonging to Singapore and seized by China are seen under covers in Hong Kong, November 24, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

Beijing regards Taiwan as a breakaway region belonging to Chinese territory.
Singapore and Taiwan have a decades-long military agreement codenamed “Project Starlight,” under which Singaporean troops train in Taiwan alongside Taipei’s forces.
Singapore has military ties with China as well and conducted a joint military exercise with Beijing in 2014.
Chinese state media have described Singapore’s military cooperation with both China and Taiwan as “hypocrisy.”
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