Archive for May, 2010

A new book about Lee Kuan Yew is out, but as reported before, the Singapore-published book’s author, Tom Plate, is one of Lee’s top apologists and “candid” opinions are few and far between.  CNA: A detailed and candid book on Singapore’s Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew, billed as the first extended conversation with a Western […]

Lee Kuan Yew states the obvious.  But what does China have if it’s not the rule of law?  CNA: Singapore’s Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew, has said Shanghai must groom a huge pool of English-speaking talent if it wants to become Asia’s financial hub. Speaking at a forum on the sidelines of the Shanghai World […]

Lee Kuan Yew’s eulogy for Singapore’s economic architect Goh Keng Swee, credited by many for being the real brains behind the country’s transformation.  AsiaOne: Our friendship developed when we met in London in 1949-1950 when he was studying at the London School of Economics on a scholarship. I was in London preparing for my Bar […]

Lee Kuan Yew wades into Japanese politics.  What do his Chinese hosts last week think about that last comment?  Straits Times: MINISTER Mentor Lee Kuan Yew yesterday said it was important for the United States to retain a base in Okinawa so that it can continue to project its power in the region and maintain […]

An interesting and lengthy interview of the kind rarely if ever seen in Singapore’s local rags, where Lee Kuan Yew expounds in detail about his views of Asian geopolitics and offers pointed critique about Japan. Asahi Shimbun, with full transcript: With his insightful analyses of trends in international politics, Lee Kuan Yew can be considered […]

Lee Kuan Yew in Shanghai.  Note the careful wording of the “offer”, and in the video, Lee’s harping on how Singapore has to be “humble”.  CNA, with video: Singapore is very willing to share its experiences with China, and it is ready to offer what Beijing decides is relevant for its development. Minister Mentor Lee […]

Lee Kuan Yew drops in to the Shanghai Expo.  Straits Times: Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew arrives in Shanghai on Thursday at the start of a 10-day visit to China and Japan. The China leg, which includes Shanghai and capital Beijing, is Mr Lee’s 32nd visit to the country since 1976. The trip also comes […]

Lee Kuan Yew is named as one of 100 people who “most affect our world”.  Henry Kissinger for TIME: Historians have been debating, it seems forever, whether individuals shape events or are their register. There can be no doubt about the answer with regard to Lee Kuan Yew, 86, Minister Mentor of Singapore. For 50 […]

Lee Kuan Yew on investment vs deposit banking.  BusinessWeek: The U.S. and U.K. are unlikely to separate banks into deposit-taking and investing activities, Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said. Lee, chairman of Government of Singapore Investment Corp., a shareholder of UBS AG and Citigroup Inc., said he agrees with former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul […]