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Singapore walks a tightrope between China, US

An assertive Xi and unpredictable Trump put the city-state in a dicey position

Leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum wave as they pose for a group photo at the Yanqi Lake venue on the outskirt of Beijing on May 15.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE To be a global hub, a country must be as diplomatically neutral as possible. That is easier said than done, however, especially when the country in question is a small one caught between the two superpowers of the East and West.

Singapore is in the unenviable position of trying to anticipate the next moves of two unpredictable leaders -- U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping -- while also striking a delicate balance in its position within the international community.

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