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The Future of Asia 2019

US and China must face 'new realities,' Singapore deputy PM says

Heng says Washington has 'no better option' but to work with Beijing

Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat discusses the implications of U.S.-China trade tensions at the Future of Asia conference on May 30. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

TOKYO -- The U.S. and China should accept "new realities" and find ways to cooperate, Singapore's deputy prime minister said on Thursday, as prolonged tensions between the world's two largest economies threaten smaller, trade-reliant countries like his city-state.

"Fundamentally, the U.S. has to accept that it has no better option but to work with China, because trying to contain it will result in worse outcomes," Heng Swee Keat told Nikkei's Future of Asia conference in Tokyo.

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