Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Singapore's Trade Minister Chan taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis to wean his country's economy of China;Australia on the other hand has warned its citizens that doing so is racist, discriminatory, will destroy their country's multicultural fabric (which is the best in the world)

by Ganesh Sahathevan

                                                  Chan Chun Sing,Singapore's Minister 
                                                  For Trade And Industry 

Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing has told members of the Singapore Chinese Chamber Of  Commerce and Industry (SCCI) at a closed door meeting  that he intends to use the current downturn in the tourism industry to in future  limit the number of tourists from China to just 20% of annual visitors. He has also requested that they diversify their supply chains away from China.

Singapore's tourism industry has become, like Australia's,  dependent on visitors from China. Like Australia Singapore is suffering the consequences of the ban on visitors from China due to the coronavirus emergency.

 Chan also told SCCI members that the Government Of Singapore  expects them to diversify their supply chains which have become overly concentred on China. He has warned that in the event of future crisis government support may not be forthcoming.

Meanwhile in Australia, every effort has been made to ensure that Australia's dependence on Chinese students, tourists, suppliers and investors remains unharmed. Government MPs and ministers have even gone so far as to say that diversifying away from China is somehow racist, discriminatory, and that it could harm the country's multiracial society (which they say is the most successful in the world).



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