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  1. 1. Diplomacy of Singapore<br />ONG YING HUI (18)Lim Lay Teng (9)Shane Lim (22)Tan Jing Ying (23)<br />
  2. 2. We chose...<br />Regional<br />
  3. 3. Example One:ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF)<br />Created in 1994<br />Promotes political and security dialogue and cooperation among countries in Asia-Pacific region<br />Aims to provide an avenue for countries in the region to discuss security issues and resolve conflicts peacefully.<br />
  4. 4. Example two: Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution<br /><ul><li>Singapore hosted the MSC forum
  5. 5. Helped ensure the environment sustainability in ASEAN
  6. 6. Provided the Singapore Resolution on Environmental </li></ul>Sustainability and Climate Change<br /><ul><li>Promote sustainable environmental practices and use of indicators under the ASEAN Initiative on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (ESC) to achieve Clean Air, Clean Land and Clean Water, and to continue the ASEAN ESC Awards as recognition to cities for their environmental achievements</li></li></ul><li>Example Three: Singapore-asean youth fund<br />Launched at the Fifth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth (AMMY V) in April 2007. <br />Administered by National Youth Council (NYC) of Singapore, the SGD$5 million fund goes towards funding joint youth activities in the ASEAN region over a five-year period till 2011<br />Initiated by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports<br />The Fund supports partnerships among ASEAN youths and Youth Sector Organisations (YSOs), thus contributing to greater understanding and closer ties within the ASEAN community.<br />Aims:<br /><ul><li>Promote ASEAN youth interaction and develop ASEAN youths aged 15 to 35 through participation in ASEAN youth projects.
  7. 7. Foster ASEAN unity in ASEAN youths and promote greater awareness of ASEAN internationally. </li></li></ul><li>EXAMPLE FOUR:ASEAN-INDIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT<br />Singapore signed into a treaty at the India-ASEAN Summit in Bangkok on December 2008 and came into force on January 1<br />AIFTA could be a major avenue in harnessing ASEAN’s vast economic potentials towards sustained progress and improved welfare for the greater East Asian region<br />Singapore is the biggest source of FDI for India among ASEAN countries<br />
  8. 8. Benefits of Regional Relations<br />"Both sides can benefit enormously from cooperation, given their increasing interdependence across the economic, political and security spheres, while friction will be costly and conflict disastrous for both. This should help maintain Sino-U.S. relations on an even keel." – PM Lee HsienLoong<br />Political<br />Social<br />Economic<br />
  9. 9. Political<br />Allows Singapore to be in a better position when dealing with other countries or associations by combining the strengths of other member countries<br />Help improves ties among members of ASEAN<br />Provide opportunities for members to resolve conflicts and discuss issues<br />
  10. 10. Social<br />Provided Singapore with opportunities to strengthen its relationship with its neighbours through cooperating with member countries<br />By cooperation, a stronger relationship is fostered between Singapore and its member countries<br />Therefore, in times of need, member countries would “return the favour” and help Singapore<br />(Education and professional exchange) ”strengthen relations between Singapore and Vietnam establish important interpersonal relations.”-A Vietnamese group’s view on the assistance received<br />
  11. 11. Economic<br />Gave Singapore a role to play in maintaining regional peace and promoting economic development<br />promote adaptation and mitigation technologies in the area of climate change. <br />ASEAN Economic Community will transform ASEAN into a region with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour, and freer flow of capital.<br />
  12. 12. Argument: National Interests<br />TALENT; Singapore is a little red dot lacking talents, so we need foreign talents (the scholars) in order to help boost our economics.For example, Education and professional exchange<br />RESOURCES; Due to land constraints, Singapore does not have much resources, so we have to forge good relationships with neighbouring countries so that we can improve trade relationships and negotiate in order to get the resources that we need.<br />ENVIRONMENTAL COLLABORATION; Singapore is a small country surrounded by neighbouring countries in the same region, thus being easily affected by their activities (e.g. Forest fires in Indonesia in 1997 causing serious haze pollution). Thus Singapore needs such diplomacy to negotiate and tackle the sensitive issues together with the countries in the same region without offending them.<br />
  13. 13. Argument; Comparison<br />Bilateral relations is only between two countries, and one country may not provide much support in terms of needs, as compared to regional diplomacy which can offer much more help due to larger number of member countries.<br />Since bilateral relations only involves two countries, if the two countries have turned against one another, there would not be a mediator to resolve the conflict, and the condition would continue to worsen.<br />
  14. 14. UN has too many countries to take care of, and may not be able to attend to Singapore’s needs readily as compared to ASEAN member countries which is together in a region.<br />Compared to UN, ASEAN members have more similar culture and traditions, and would be able to understand each other better.<br />Since Singapore is the founding member of ASEAN, it would assume a more respectable position in ASEAN, and ASEAN would be more willing to listen and help Singapore.<br />Argument 2; Comparison<br />
  15. 15.<br /><br /><br />Wikipedia<br />google<br />Xin.msn<br />
  16. 16. End.<br />