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
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