Singapore often generates comparisons to Hong Kong due to their similar size and role as financial centres, but the Lion City is a sovereign nation and this makes its politics very different from Hong Kong’s. Photo: AFP

Singapore and Hong Kong are different at the core, and the Lion City’s policies are supported by its people

  • Singapore is a sovereign republic, and its political choices reflect its history since becoming an independent nation
  • Hongkongers may not approve of those choices but Singaporeans do, and the city’s stability speaks for itself
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Singapore often generates comparisons to Hong Kong due to their similar size and role as financial centres, but the Lion City is a sovereign nation and this makes its politics very different from Hong Kong’s. Photo: AFP
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Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been treated as a hero on Chinese social media since he said the Hong Kong protesters were trying to “humiliate and bring down” the Hong Kong government. Photo: AFP
Alice Wu
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Opinion

Alice Wu

Singapore’s prime minister spoke uncomfortable truths that both Beijing and Hong Kong’s protesters need to hear

  • Lee Hsien Loong, like his late father, sees the tensions behind ‘one country, two systems’ Beijing has not addressed. Hong Kong protesters should also take to heart his warning against the all-or-nothing approach

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Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been treated as a hero on Chinese social media since he said the Hong Kong protesters were trying to “humiliate and bring down” the Hong Kong government. Photo: AFP
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