Foreseeing Red: Lee Kuan Yew on China

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The sage of Singapore Lee's steely micromanagement of the Lion City brought out some of the worst in him; his geopolitical thought--incisive, prescient and at times brilliantly framed--some of the best

Lee Kuan Yew hails from a very small country, but, for decades, he has been a very big man — at home and on the world stage. During more than a half-century of public life, including some 30 years as Prime Minister, Lee transformed Singapore from a simple trader of commodities into a sophisticated hub of finance and technology — The Little Red Dot, as many of its people affectionately call it.

A stern, patriarchal figure, Lee realized his ambitions for Singapore through the sheer force of his personality, buttressed by an...

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