US military planes aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore in October 2019. Photo: AFP US military planes aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore in October 2019. Photo: AFP
US military planes aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore in October 2019. Photo: AFP
William Choong
Opinion

Opinion

William Choong

Can Singapore maintain its sweet spot between China and the US?

  • The island nation has maintained its ties with Washington and Beijing without provoking the ire of either side
  • But as US-China relations deteriorate and tensions grow in the South China Sea amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore’s balancing act will prove trickier

US military planes aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore in October 2019. Photo: AFP US military planes aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore in October 2019. Photo: AFP
US military planes aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore in October 2019. Photo: AFP
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William Choong

William Choong

Dr William Choong is Senior Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. He was previously Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security at the IISS until January 2020, where he helped to run the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue and contributed to research on regional security issues such as the South China Sea territorial disputes and Japan’s evolution into a "normal" power.