“Even on reclamation, others have been reclaiming. China embarked on this later but once China starts, China does it on a big scale. So I think this tit for tat may unwittingly cause harmful escalation. I think it’s good for everybody to take a deep breath and not try to steal a march one way or the other.”
Mr Yeo, who had said at an Institute of Southeast Asian Studies forum on Wednesday that all parties are better off trading and focusing on the benefits of exchange, felt the claims are a bilateral matter between claimants.
“In the end there must be a sense of give and take,” he said. “Each set of bilateral relationships has its own history and peculiarities. I think third parties should try to be helpful.”