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Singapore FM Warns of ‘Bleak’ Future if Conflict Erupts in South China Sea

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (L) and Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo shake hands during a joint press conference at a hotel in Manila on April 16, 2024. JAM STA ROSA / AFP

Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan issued a sober warning in Manila Tuesday about the devastating consequences that a war in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China would have on Southeast Asia and across Asia.

“The moment you have an escalation of tension or collisions or military action in the South China Sea, it will immediately impair and impede trade,” Balakrishnan said at a joint press briefing with his Philippine counterpart, Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo.

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