Friday, December 31, 2010
Lee Kuwan Yew’s Speech
On 27 October 2009, former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, received the lifetime achievement award from the US-ASEAN Business Council in Washington D.C., the first award of its kind awarded to a former prime minister. Lee Kuan Yew made his speech at the 25th anniversary gala dinner in the council. However, Lee’s speech was surprising news for Chinese leaders because ethnic-Chinese began to ask about USA involvement in the Asian region. “It would be a serious mistake for the region to define East Asia in closed or, worse, in racial terms. In building any new East Asian architecture, the US must be an important part of it (Lee Kuan Yew from US-ASEAN Business Council).” Some Chinese TV commentators argue that the US government pressured Lee Kuan Yew to give the speech in the US-ASEAN Business Council. Before the APEAC meeting in Singapore, the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, made his official visit to both Malaysia and Singapore. Are these activities coincidental?