Walter Woon

Singapore's former ambassador to Germany and the European Union

Professor Walter Woon is Professor and Chairman, Society for International Law Singapore as well as Singapore's former ambassador to Germany and the European Union. His research interests are in Criminal Law, Company Law and International Law. He was a Nominated Member of Parliament from 1992-1996, and was Legal Adviser to the President and Council of Presidential Advisers 1995-1997. Professor Woon was also Ambassador of Singapore between 1998 and 2006 in Germany, Greece, the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the Vatican.

This file photo shows soldiers from the Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA) during a flag raising ceremony, 30 June 2019. (Isaac Lawrence/AFP)

China and America: The power of historical memory

Walter Woon, Singapore's former ambassador to Germany and the European Union observes America's ongoing Confrontation with the PRC, a returning power. He says indiscriminate attacks on "the Chinese" will provoke a nationalist backlash fuelled by the memory of historical oppression and racism. This Confrontation will consume resources better utilised to recover from Covid-19. It is necessary that one learns the lessons of history to avoid one's downfall.