US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping in 2017. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping in 2017. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping in 2017. Photo: AFP
Chan Heng Chee
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Opinion

Chan Heng Chee

US-China rivalry: it’s not a Cold War, but is conflict inevitable or avoidable?

  • Neither Washington nor Beijing want conflict in the South China Sea, or over Taiwan or Hong Kong, says former Singapore ambassador Chan Heng Chee
  • But in the absence of mutual trust, they will push their positions to the farthest limit, and Asean will be the site of keen strategic competition

US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping in 2017. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping in 2017. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping in 2017. Photo: AFP
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Chan Heng Chee

Chan Heng Chee

Professor Chan Heng Chee is Ambassador-at-Large with the Singapore Foreign Ministry. She was previously Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States. She currently chairs the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities in the Singapore University of Technology and Design.