Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking at Council on Foreign Relations said, “[Maritime dispute] is not easy to resolve because of another factor that has changed in the past 10 years, because nationalism has become a stronger sentiment and a stronger factor in influencing governments.”
“From the point of view of a country which must survive in an international system, where there are big countries and small and outcomes cannot be determined just by might is right, I think international law must have a big weight in how disputes are resolved,” Prime Minister Lee explained.
Singapore PM stated that nations who used force to gain power in the past have all fallen like Spain, Portugal, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and the British Empire. This is what, according to him, China is trying to avoid.
The Philippines welcomed the support of Singapore in peaceful resolution of disputes and for promoting the rule of international law.