‘Don’t have to become like them’: Singapore advises Australia to work with China

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • Age

Morrison and Lee also announced plans for a fin-tech bridge between Australia and Singapore under their digital economy agreement as well as a partnership on developing low-emissions technology focused on hydrogen.

There was an offer as well from the Singapore leader for his country to be a distribution hub for Australian-made vaccines headed for south-east Asia and even to assist with manufacturing the doses and vials.

Australia’s battered relationship with China, however, was always going to be on the agenda as Morrison passed through the Indo-Pacific on the way to the UK, where he will meet Biden on the sidelines of the G7 summit.

Lee last month urged China and the US to find common ground, warning “everything is to be lost” in a conflict between the superpowers, and when asked on Thursday night how Australia should handle its relationship with Beijing, he had a similar recommendation.