Singaporean PM warns danger in seeing one-China question as 'democracy vs autocracy'

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday warned of dangerous consequences in framing the one-China question through the narrative of "democracy versus autocracy."

Lee gave the warning at the closing dialogue of the Asia Future Summit in Singapore.

Recognized by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 of 1971, there is but one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, and the Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) is the sole legal government representing the whole of China.

Speaking during a Q&A session at the closing dialogue of the summit, Lee called for countries to make clear that they will not change this "very fundamental basis of the international understanding."

"One China is the basis on which nearly every country in the world recognizes the PRC, and has informal, unofficial relations with Taiwan," he said. "And I think that has to remain the fundamental basis on which the relationships are maintained and the status quo is justified."

Lee continued by saying that to describe the question of one China as "a question of democracy versus autocracy" is "dangerous."

The Asia Future Summit was jointly held by Singapore's flagship media, The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao and The Business Times, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Speakers across the world shared their views on geopolitical hot spots, economic issues, and social governance during the event.

(Cover: File photo of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. /CFP)

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