Lee Kuan Yew in 1970. Photo: Handout

China, friend or foe to Singapore? How a wily Lee Kuan Yew made it both in building his nation

  • Beijing has largely been seen as a hindrance to the Singaporean statesman’s efforts to construct a country after World War II
  • But a new paper by Taiwanese scholar Philip Liu argues Lee and China had a tacit understanding that pragmatic cooperation trumped ideological divides
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Lee Kuan Yew in 1970. Photo: Handout
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Philip Liu Hsiao-pong

Philip Liu Hsiao-pong

Philip Liu Hsiao-pong is a professor at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, and director of the International Master’s Programme in Asia-Pacific Studies at National Chengchi University in Taiwan