Chinese netizens dissatisfied over speech by Lee Kuan Yew
Singapore’s Minister Mentor Mr. Lee Kuan Yew has warned the United States that it risks losing global leadership if it does not remain engaged in Asia to “balance” China’s military and economic might. Lee made the remarks at the US-ASEAN Business Council’s 25th anniversary gala dinner on October 27, stirring up some Chinese netizens.
According to a survey by the Global Times, about 86 percent of interviewees thought that Lee’s speech will affect Chinese people’s impression of Singapore, answering, “Formerly Singapore gave me a good impression, but because of Lee’s speech this time, I no longer have any good feelings about Singapore at all.”
Some survey participants held a different view. In their opinion, Mr. Lee’s position is a Singaporean statesman, not merely a foreign citizen of Chinese origin. It is understandable for Lee to put his country’s interests at the top of his list.
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