READY:China and Singapore in 2014 conducted joint military exercises, which some Taiwanese observers see as a threat to the nation’s long-term alliance with Singapore
Date: Nov 26, 2016
By: Aaron Tu and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The seizure on Wednesday by Hong Kong Customs of armored vehicles belonging to the Singapore
military onboard a container ship from Taiwan has sparked concern from Taiwanese military observers of possible involvement from Beijing.
Hong Kong media on Thursday reported that Hong Kong Customs officers on Wednesday night discovered armored vehicles at Hong Kong’s Kwai Chung Container Terminals, unloaded from a container ship that left Taiwan en route to Singapore.
While Ministry of National Defense spokesman Major General Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) said the armored vehicles are “definitely not military vehicles from the Republic of China,” the Singaporean Ministry of Defense on Thursday evening confirmed the seizure, without mentioning Taiwan.
The shipment of Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICVs) and other military equipment is being held in Hong Kong on a request for “routine inspections by the Hong Kong Customs authorities,” the Singarorean ministry said. [FULL STORY]