Singapore: Blasting Off

Five British and Australian correspondents arrived at Singapore's television studios last week expecting to hear Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew talk about the prospects for Britain's Singapore bases, now that the tiny city-nation is independent of Malaysia.

But Harry Lee had a far bigger and a far more engrossing story for them. It was a searing attack on the United States that made cheeks burn all the way to Washington before the week was out.

Lee began calmly enough by making it plain that he wanted Britain's 50,000 troops to stay in Singapore....

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