In Defense Of Asian Values: Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew

In a TIME interview, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew reflects on China and the Asian economic crisis

TIME: Is Zhu Rongji the only one who can reform China's economy?

Lee Kuan Yew: If not for him, it would be more difficult to do it. He not only has the determination, the willingness and the readiness to knock heads and get unpleasant things done, he also has the experience of the last four years in getting inflation down. No one else can rival his grasp of the overall picture and the details.

TIME: Does the Asian economic crisis play into his hands by giving him added authority for economic reform?

Lee: I would hesitate to give a straight yes...

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