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Singapore's Lee seen as an inspiration for modern China

Mar 23, 2015

Singapore's Lee seen as an inspiration for modern China

Chinese leaders admired modern Singapore’s founder Lee Kuan Yew for his toughness, economic pragmatism and insistence on respect for authority. In many ways, Lee’s model of “Asian values,” combining authoritarianism and economic planning, became China’s own blueprint for modernity. Most significantly, late Chinese leader ...