Veteran Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh, who was involved in getting Unclos passed in 1982, used facts to counter unsubstantiated claims made during a Facebook exchange. Photo: AFP Veteran Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh, who was involved in getting Unclos passed in 1982, used facts to counter unsubstantiated claims made during a Facebook exchange. Photo: AFP
Veteran Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh, who was involved in getting Unclos passed in 1982, used facts to counter unsubstantiated claims made during a Facebook exchange. Photo: AFP
Bhavan Jaipragas
Opinion

Opinion

Bhavan Jaipragas

A Singapore quibble highlights why foreign policy debates should be encouraged, not shut down

  • Former Singapore diplomat Tommy Koh and ex-Straits Times editor Leslie Fong had a Facebook exchange over China policy and the South China Sea
  • Smaller nations are often wary of such public quarrels over foreign policy, but open debates can help those armed with the facts quash baseless assertions

Veteran Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh, who was involved in getting Unclos passed in 1982, used facts to counter unsubstantiated claims made during a Facebook exchange. Photo: AFP Veteran Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh, who was involved in getting Unclos passed in 1982, used facts to counter unsubstantiated claims made during a Facebook exchange. Photo: AFP
Veteran Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh, who was involved in getting Unclos passed in 1982, used facts to counter unsubstantiated claims made during a Facebook exchange. Photo: AFP
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