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Long Live Lee Kuan Yew’s Lion City
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Henry Kissinger called him one of the “asymmetries of history.” Margaret Thatcher said “he was never wrong.” Barack Obama called him “one of the legendary figures of Asia.” Tony Blair said he was “the smartest leader I ever met.” Samuel Huntington said he was one...

After LKY, Singapore is at the crossroads
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Mr. Lee left behind a strong foundation for S'pore, says SIIA Chairman Simon Tay in this interview with CNBC. CNBC spoke to Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) over the phone from Yangon on 24 March 2015. Prof. Tay...

All the world was his stage
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In 1967, when Singapore was two years independent and he was a young Premier of only 44, a report described Mr Lee Kuan Yew giving a talk at Harvard University. As he spoke about the escalating Vietnam War and the role of the United States,...

More than Singapore will feel Lee’s passing: SIIA Chairman Simon Tay
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MEDIA RELEASE Mr Lee Kuan Yew will be remembered for leading Singapore from the third world to first. Equally important, the late statesman has played a big part in fostering regional stability, said Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). Mr...

Around the Web: Speed bumps on Myanmar’s road to liberalisation
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Myanmar has hit new speed bumps on its road to liberalisation in recent weeks - from renewed clashes with ethnic-Han rebels near the border with China, which culminated last week in the Myanmar Air Force mistakenly striking Chinese territory - killing four Chinese civilians and...

Will Malaysia meet expectations as ASEAN’s chair?
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Malaysia is in the spotlight this year. Global spectators are conscious that the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will happen under PM Najib’s watch. Malaysia is under pressure to perform, but her chairmanship comes at a time when Malaysia is faced with economic...

Betting on Myanmar’s opening
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For a while, when Myanmar opened after decades of isolation and sanctions, it seemed that the government could do no wrong as American and European governments rushed to embrace the country. Now, headlines from the West show that little or nothing seems right. What was supposed...

Chinese Leadership facing up to toxic Air
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Former state TV news anchor and journalist Ms Chai Jing’s documentary “Under the Dome” has enjoyed much fanfare among the Chinese public as well as their political leaders, including Minister Chen Jining from the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The minister was quoted as saying that the documentary...

Tackling haze: Look beyond words to action taken
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The recurring haze from fires in Indonesia has returned, visibly and early, even if not as thickly as in past years. The politics around the issue may also heat up following a recent comment by Indonesia’s Vice-President Jusuf Kalla. The respected political veteran last week chided...