In the latest effort to slander China’s relations with Singapore, Washington-based United States think-tank The Jamestown Foundation has published a report accusing China of using cultural organisations, clan associations, business associations and youth programmes to exert influence on Chinese Singaporeans.

The purpose of China’s “influence operations”, the report said, is to impose a Chinese identity on Singapore so that it will align more closely with China’s interests. As the Chinese Embassy in Singapore said last Friday in a rebuttal statement, the allegations are “groundless” and “distorted from the truth”.

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