The U.S. and Singapore issued a joint statement from Washington on Dec. 7. Singapore agreed to [allow] the U.S. to perform regular, short-term deployments of P-8 anti-submarine surveillance aircraft from Singapore.
In its strategy of "rebalancing the Asia-Pacific," the U.S. is adding weight to the Singaporean scale. [Read more]
A visit to this very understated memorial does not resolve the issue of the bomb.
The US believes unreservedly in American exceptionalism and its foreign policy is inspired by the commitment to promote democracy in every country in the world.
US President Barack Obama’s call for net neutrality will not have much impact for Singapore, say analysts.
Ask policymakers in Washington which of these parts of the world should be America's top priority and the first response is usually a variant of - "We've got to be able to chew gum and walk at the same time."
Mr Obama himself has shown only contempt for Congress’ role in foreign and security policy matters. When he did not want to launch air strikes against Syria last year, he pretended that congressional approval was required for any action, but then did nothing to get it.
The US is making a strategic error in opposing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which is giving China increasing leverage in the region.
He [former Singaporean foreign minister] set out his view of the United States as a "missionary" power filled with the righteous conviction that it must usher the earth to liberty and democracy, and of China as an anti-missionary power convinced by its own bitter experience of foreign domination that non-intervention in the affairs of other states is a necessary form of respect.
In any case, concerns about terrorism are probably not what has finally goaded Mr Obama into sending US forces back to the Middle East. Rather, it is the sense that the region's whole strategic and political order is slipping out of the US' control. For decades, the US has struggled against great odds to preserve and reinforce its place as the leading influence over Middle Eastern affairs.