Singapore FM emphasises need for stable US-China relations

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Singapore FM emphasises need for stable US-China relations

SINGAPORE: Given the recent developments in the Taiwan Strait, Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan emphasised the need to avoid miscalculation and accidents, which can lead to an escalatory spiral and destabilize the region. Dr Balakrishnan met China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday, as well as a recent development in the Taiwan Strait, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs MFA said in a statement.

Singapore has a clear and consistent One China policy and is opposed to Taiwan independence and any unilateral moves to change the status quo, MFA said.

The ministry said that Balakrishnan hoped that the US and China will work out a modus vivendi and stressed the need for stable US-China relations, which are vital for peace and security.

A modus vivendi means an arrangement that allows conflicting parties to peacefully coexist, either indefinitely or until a final settlement is reached.