World: The View from Singapore

ON his swing through Asia next week, President Nixon will skip Singapore, domain of Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. The omission is dictated by an understandably tight schedule, but it will deprive the President of some pertinent impressions. Lee, a Cambridge-educated pragmatist, has to a large degree succeeded in creating the sort of independent and self-assured nation that Nixon hopes will develop throughout the Far East. In the past decade, he has turned the island nation of 2,000,000 into Asia's second most affluent country. Though Singapore's population contains the Malay-Chinese mix that has...

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