Also Qualcomm have traditionally been a little more open with their chipsets (binary blob notwithstanding) so hopefully more routers in the future will support open source firmwares without having to sign NDA's for driver source access like DD-WRT did with Broadcom.
They told him that Singapore is different from Hong Kong and has nothing to do with China, did they?
Because if it's about a small(er) country where China has economic influence, than no merger with an APAC company will ever be approved, including companies from countries like Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines.
Also, is Broadcom really a Singaporean company? A quick scan of online resources seems to indicate that it's only incorporated here (likely for tax purposes).