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Singapore in Beijing's Cross Hairs Over Taiwan Ties

  • Protest over military shipment from Taiwan seen as warning
  • Beijing concerned Singapore moving too far into U.S. orbit
Singapore's military vehicles seized in Hong Kong on Nov. 24.

Singapore's military vehicles seized in Hong Kong on Nov. 24.

Photographer: Kin Cheung/AP Photo
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For decades, Singapore has walked a careful line between the U.S. and China. Now, the tiny Southeast Asian state is finding itself in Beijing’s cross hairs.

China has gone public in recent months to chastise Singapore for a perceived alignment with the U.S. against China’s actions in the disputed South China Sea. For Singapore, which the American Navy uses as a launch point for patrols of the strategic Strait of Malacca, the tensions cast doubt on its long-cherished ability to steer clear of political spats and focus on trade and investment.