Chinese paper warns Singapore military "hypocrisy" could harm relations

Posted November 28, 2016

At a routine press briefing on Friday the ministry's spokesman Geng Shuang said China is now verifying the related details when asked if Singapore has to contact the Chinese Foreign Ministry for the release of the vehicles. While Hong Kong runs a separate government system from mainland China under the terms of its handover from Britain to China in 1997, including customs, Beijing has the right to get involved in issues related to foreign affairs and defense.

A report earlier on Saturday claimed that it was mainland law enforcement officials who tipped off Hong Kong customs about the nine armoured vehicles.

Another interesting perspective: it happened at a time when Hong Kong's leadership race has entered a critical stage, with incumbent Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying expected to seek a second term; his major rivals are gearing up for an election campaign, but all are anxiously waiting for Beijing's final signal before they can be off the starting blocks.

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In its latest report, Factwire said it managed to track the shipping route and itinerary of the vessel moving the Terrex vehicles using code numbers on the confiscated containers. How smoothly the controversy over the seized armoured personnel vehicles can be eventually dealt with depends on the diplomatic wisdom of Beijing and Singapore, as well as the Hong Kong government.

A picture of one of the vehicles was posted to a Facebook page for workers at the Kwai Chung Container Terminals, with the caption, "Seems like filming for Transformers 5's about to begin in Hong Kong". "APL was required to comply with all regulations including. obtaining the necessary permits required to transit through ports", a ministry statement said.

24, 2016 photo shows nine eight-wheeled Singapore-made Terrex infantry carrier vehicles seized at a container terminal in Hong Kong.

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The vessel, reportedly hoisting a Singapore flag, arrived at Hong Kong's Kwai Tsing Container Terminal 8 at 8:32am on Wednesday (Nov 23).

The APCs were on their way back from Taiwan to Singapore after a military exercise. "These requirements have worked well and there have been no incidents of losses, theft or tampering over the years", said Mindef. It added added that the SAF will review the circumstances of this incident and determine if added measures are required to prevent such occurrences.

A spokesman from Taiwan's defense ministry confirmed the vehicles did not belong to the island and denied involvement with the shipment.

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