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The Point: Singapore’s F-35 purchase not a message to China

Panelists: Singapore’s Ministry of Defence has announced the purchase of four F-35 fighter jets from the U.S. with the option of purchasing up to eight more in the future. CNN quoted analysts as saying this decision “is indicative of growing concerns within Asia regarding China’s regional ambitions”. But the Singaporean government is reported by different media to have clarified the motivations behind the decision. So has CNN overstated the case regarding China’s ambitions in the South China Sea? Just what is Singapore’s security strategy?

Panelists: Tai Wei Lim, a research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s East Asian Institute; Xu Qinduo, a senior fellow at the Pangoal Institution. #Defence #SouthChinaSea

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