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Sons, Mothers, Money And Memory: Theories About The Lee Kuan Yew Family Feud

The dysfunctional relationship among the Lee siblings might have stayed behind closed doors but for two inconvenient details. First, they were fighting over the house of Lee Kuan Yew, the man who was virtually synonymous with Singapore for five decades. Second, the eldest among the siblings is the current Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

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Fitting Into Beijing’s New World Order

The VIP list at Beijing’s glittering launch party for its massive Silk Road trade plan was worth scrutinising not for the luminaries who were on it, but those who weren’t. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who irritates Beijing by standing up to its bullying in the South China Sea, was notably missing; he didn’t get an invitation. European government heads were welcome, but mostly stayed away, as did leaders from India and Japan. The no-shows reflect a broad disquiet: To skeptics, what President Xi Jinping calls the “Project of the Century” is, at heart, an imperial venture.

Read Here – Wall Street Journal

50 Years Of ASEAN: ‘A’ Is For Angst

ASEAN is ever beset by existential angst. The ‘A’ in ASEAN stands for Angst as well as Association. Regard this as more description than criticism. The Angst-Association of South East Asian Nations always has lots to worry about. Angst and anxiety are rational responses. The questions are constant: can the association hold together? Can it actually do anything? Will ASEAN be crushed as it’s courted by the bigger beasts of Asia? Celebrating its 50th birthday in August, ASEAN pumps out celebration.

Read Here – The Strategist

Understanding The U.K.’s Strange Singapore Envy

The New Singapore idea seems to be mainly that leaving the EU will allow the U.K. to cut taxes and roll back regulations, positioning itself as a free-market oasis just off the coast of Europe.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Asia’s Dilemma: China’s Butter, Or America’s Guns?

It is interesting that the theme of the “easternization” of the global system — the assertion that China is set to usurp the leadership role of an inward-turning United States — is not nearly as pronounced in the region as it is in the West.

Read Here – Stratfor

Singapore: The Robot City

The “fourth industrial revolution”, an era of unprecedented automation and connectivity, could reshape the urban environment and have profound impacts on society at large.

Read Here – Rancoteur

Southeast Asia Pins Its Hopes On The Japan-U.S. Alliance

Considering the asymmetric relationship Southeast Asian countries have with China in the economic and security realms, and the challenges this reality poses for them in terms of making progress in their territorial disputes with China, many see Japan-Southeast Asian strategic partnerships and Japan’s multifaceted relationship with the U.S. as interrelated, synergistic and a boon to their security anxieties.

Read Here – Japan Times

Asean Opts For New Road Map As Economic Union Targets Missed

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Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations unveiled with fanfare another road map to a common community for the next decade even as the bloc missed targets for economic integration this year.

 

Read Here – Bloomberg

With Long Handshake, China And Taiwan Leaders Affirm Better Ties

It was the 80 seconds China and Taiwan had waited almost 70 years for. Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart, Ma Ying-jeou, smiled in dark suits –Xi wearing a Communist red tie, Ma, a Nationalist blue one — as they shook hands for more than a minute before hundreds of reporters in Singapore. The first face-to-face encounter since 1945 between leaders of China’s civil war foes provided a new high-water mark in efforts to resolve one of the last century’s biggest unsettled conflicts.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Why The US Is Supporting Xi-Ma Meeting

A rare occasion on which Xi Jinping, Barack Obama and Ma Ying-Jeou agree is about to take place in Singapore, as the meeting between Xi and Ma is intended to balance the growing “independence” sentiment in Taiwan, something that is bothering all three political leaders; for different reasons.

Read Here – China Daily

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