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SG PM warns of US-China miscalculation over Taiwan

"We should be concerned," Lee said.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned tensions over Taiwan risk leading to a miscalculation between the US and China as both nations step up activity around the island.

The US has significantly boosted engagement with Taiwan; China has increasingly tested the island democracy's air defences; and the government in Taipei has taken steps, such as printing passports with the name "Taiwan" on them.

"All these moves raise suspicions and tensions and anxieties and make it more likely that a mishap or miscalculation can happen. Everybody says the right thing. But, if you look at what is happening, it is not a static situation," Lee told Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait in an interview on 17 November.

Lee's comments came after US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping concluded their first face-to-face summit, agreeing to continue talking on topics even as they continue to spar over issues like Taiwan.

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