Channel News Asia
Date: 29 Nov 2016
BEIJING: China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday (Nov 28) that it had made representations to
Singapore after the city-state’s armoured troop carriers were seized by Hong Kong customs en route from Taiwan.
Beijing stated its opposition to “any form of official exchanges with Taiwan, including military exchanges and cooperation”, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing, urging Singapore to “stick to the ‘One China’ principle”.
China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since 1949, when Mao Zedong’s Communist forces won the Chinese civil war and Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists fled to the island.
The shipment of nine Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICV) and associated equipment belonging to the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has been held by Hong Kong Customs since last Wednesday “due to a request for routine inspections”, said Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). [FULL STORY]