probably when Beijing was informed, they must have thought to use this incident to send a message to singapore, and ordered HKG to hold on to them. It was a godsend for the Chinese as now, through some action by the HKG authorities, and not initiated by them, they have now the means to make hay while the sun shines. It would not surprised me to find out that the chinese were as shocked as the PAP by the actions of HKG. The Terrexes were seized on Nov 23rd, the first statements about it were in a routine chinese briefing 2 days later. if beijing had premeditated the whole thing, they would have had a strongly worded prepared statement within a few hours of the seizure, and they did not.
This is from a Straits Times article:
At a routine press briefing on Friday (Nov 25), the ministry's spokesman Geng Shuang said China is currently verifying the related details when asked if Singapore has to contact the Chinese Foreign Ministry for the release of the vehicles.
The chinese might be acting coy when they say they are verifying details of the seizure, but as i said, maybe they were caught by surprise too. which brings me to the title of the post. I mean if Beijing planned this whole thing from the start, why would they still be verifying stuff 2 days later? That is why I said It was an accident and case of mistaken identity.
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and utter lack of foresight of our political leaders. Really jaikliaobee! Definitely worth more than many cents![/QUOTE]
thank you for saying so, but i am just offering an alternative theory. After all, the PAP, HKG, and China have still not clearly explained the absolute reasoning behind the seizure.
Imagine the scene of the meeting between HKG officials and the SAF/APL delegation.
THe HKG officials might have said something like this :
"Look you guys, when your ship came in and we look at the paperwork, it was incomplete and confusing. Looked like some rookie was preparing it for the first time. (Makes sense APL Kintetsu singapore staff got retrenched maybe). So just to make sure they were Terrex from singapore going to singapore, we examined the vehicles and noticed that there were undeclared small arms (confirmed by MG Melvin Yeo) and Taiwanese military markings. On top of that, the vehicles look very similar to Taiwanese army CM-32 Clouded Leopard. SO we thought this was a arms sales shipment from taiwan to singapore. SO , we detained them to examine them closer. We finally did realized that they are singapore in origin and we were planning to release them, but guess what, we got a call from Beijing asking us to hold on them indefinitely. That is why we are not releasing them to you. U go and settle it with beijing. Not our tai jee, ok?"
i told china to instruct HK, so i can imagine. sibei song.
Mistaken identity or Bourne Identity?
My name is Jason Bourne.i am top secret experimental killing weapon under the codename blackwaters.i have no memory of who I am, except the name on my passports.i was on a secret mission to assassinate a black man when I was shot in the back three times and fell off the boat.a fisherman picked me up.im now on the way to Hong Kong to uncover the origins of the missing terrexes and find out the real identity of Jason Bourne.
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