Spain’s former king, Juan Carlos, with his wife, Sofia, in Madrid, in 2004. Photo: AFP Spain’s former king, Juan Carlos, with his wife, Sofia, in Madrid, in 2004. Photo: AFP
Spain’s former king, Juan Carlos, with his wife, Sofia, in Madrid, in 2004. Photo: AFP
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Like the ex-king of Spain, China’s Wanli Emperor was greedy – and stingy with it

  • The Wanli Emperor preferred to let his silver rot rather than pay for wars or disaster relief, helping to bring down the Ming dynasty
  • Historians and amateur psychoanalysts attribute his avarice to a strict upbringing

Spain’s former king, Juan Carlos, with his wife, Sofia, in Madrid, in 2004. Photo: AFP Spain’s former king, Juan Carlos, with his wife, Sofia, in Madrid, in 2004. Photo: AFP
Spain’s former king, Juan Carlos, with his wife, Sofia, in Madrid, in 2004. Photo: AFP
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Wee Kek Koon

Wee Kek Koon

Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.