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One of the long-cherished Chinese principles has been non-interference in domestic matters, but the Russian invasion of Ukraine has caught China off-guard, said Singapore’s most senior diplomat, Bilahari Kausikan. This is the reason, he explained, that Beijing has been “rather cautious, giving Russia a lot of verbal support but not too much material support”. It is unlikely, he predicted, that Beijing will abandon Russia, its most strategic partner and the Ukraine conflict will drag on into a frozen conflict that could last decades. Apart from the conflict in Ukraine, he also talked about the impact of geopolitical tensions on global inflation, decarbonization goals, and the future of democracy and governance systems.
About the NPF International Trade Fellowship 2022
The National Press Foundation in collaboration with the Hinrich Foundation welcomed 22 Asia-based journalists to its International Trade Fellowship in Singapore last month. The five-day workshop, held at the Foundation’s offices in Singapore, touched on digital trade, trade agreements, and U.S.-China trade friction among other issues. The NPF International Trade Fellowship is part of an ongoing program of trade training for journalists and awards for trade coverage, sponsored by the Hinrich Foundation.
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