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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 ...

Feb 28, 2015

India pledges infrastructure spending to help economy 'fly'

India’s finance minister pledged major investment in infrastructure on Saturday, saying it was time for the economy to “fly,” as he unveiled the new right-wing government’s first full budget. Arun Jaitley said his government had inherited an economy dominated by “doom and gloom” when ...