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Mr. Lee Kuan Yew said China could become pushy.

Saturday, January 7, 2017


"I don't want to sound apocalyptic but I don't see Taiwan as being able to resist the pull of the mainland. There will come a time when the 7th fleet cannot intervene." Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

A long time ago in ancient China, there was a big village that sat on both banks of a river. One day, there was a big fight in the village and villagers living on the left bank said they wanted to have nothing to do with the villagers on the right bank. 

The village chief who was living on the right bank rejected this and called the newly appointed village chief on the left bank a traitor.

Then, there was a small village farther inland on the right bank that was friendly with the big village. Although the big village was broken into two and continued to quarrel, it had nothing to do with the small village. 

A case of domestic conflict, chief of the small village thought.

The small village was quite good at doing certain things and designing war chariots was one of them. Being small, the village didn't have room to test them and would send them to the left bank of the big village for testing. The chariots had to pass through the right bank of the big village to do so and for years that went on without incident.

Then, one day, the quarrel in the big village escalated. On that fateful day, the chariots being tested on the left bank were on their way back to the small village. 

It didn't matter that the late chief of the small village helped them before, the right bank which sought to isolate the left bank took hold of the chariots. The small village which needed the big village in more ways than one was helpless.

The small village then understood the saying:

穷不与富斗,富不与官斗。


In ancient China, the rich would pay money just to get a position in government. Being rich was good but being rich and powerful was better.

Got power, can be pushy. 

Got power, can be assertive.


Of course, it was not the first time our country's first Prime Minister, the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, got it right.

Related post:
Mr Lee Kuan Yew on the Eurozone crisis.

4 comments:

KK said...

Hi AK,

Apt allegory.

I suggest the allegory would be even be closer to the mark if the big Village Chief has decided that the whole river now belongs to his village, and who wants to sail along the river has to ask his permission first.

AK71 said...

Hi KK,

Wow! Power! I like!

AK71 said...

Under the principle of sovereign immunity, State properties – including military assets - are immune from any measures of constraint abroad, and cannot legally be detained or confiscated by other countries. “This principle is well-established under international law, and we are advised by lawyers that it is also the law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR),” Dr Ng said. The Singapore Government has informed its Hong Kong counterpart on a number of occasions over the last two months – both through its lawyers and its Hong Kong Consul-General Foo Teow Lee – that the Terrexes and other equipment being detained belong to it. “Accordingly we have requested the Hong Kong authorities to return our property immediately,” said Dr Ng, adding that Mr Lee’s letter to Mr Leung reiterates the same message.

Source:
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/pm-lee-writes-hk-chief-exec-requesting-return-terrexes-defence-minister-urges-compliance

AK71 said...

“Neither the SAF, Singapore, nor indeed most other countries operate on the assumption that our cargo will be arbitrarily seized when transiting reputable foreign ports. The SAF has followed these procedures for shipping military equipment for over 30 years without any significant incidents.”

Dr Ng noted that it would cost “three to four times more, and add several hundred million dollars” to the Ministry of Defence’s (Mindef) annual budget, to ship all military equipment directly from point-to-point.

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