Singapore, Relations with

   After the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) seized power in September 1988, Singapore forged close economic and security ties with the new military government. In late 1988, it became the first country to supply the SLORC with arms, brought by ship to Rangoon (Yangon) in October of that year, and it remains one of the most important sources of sophisticated weapon systems for the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). Singapore has served as a middleman in arms purchasing deals between Burma and third countries, such as Israel, and has provided "cyber-warfare" technology to Military Intelligence. In the economic field, statistics show that Singapore is the largest provider of foreign investment (US$1.49 billion by the late 1990s, though Chinese investment, for which the figures are undisclosed, may be larger) and Burma's second-largest trading partner. The Singapore government has rebuffed international criticisms of its support of the SPDC by claiming that engagement with Burma, in both the economic and national security spheres, is a vital national interest.
   See also Malaysia, Relations with.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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