1. Graham Allison & Robert Blackwill on Chinese regional politics and Lee Kuan Lew

Beijing Still Prefers Diplomacy Over Force
By Graham Allison and Robert Blackwill
Financial Times

“Should we connect the dots between China’s neighbours’ increasing assertiveness over claims to disputed islands in the South and East China Seas, on the one hand, and sharp declines in their trade with China, on the other? Yes, but don’t take our word for it – take it from Lee Kuan Yew.”

Time Magazine excerpt from forthcoming book on Lee Kuan Yew by Allison and Blackwill

Zoher Abdoolcarim writes in his introduction to the Time excerpt :

“Lee’s powerful intellect is captured in a new book, Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World. It’s a collection of interviews with him by Harvard University professor Graham Allison, Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Robert Blackwill and Harvard’s Belfer Center researcher Ali Wyne, while also drawing on other selected and cited writings by and about Lee. Now 89, officially retired and somewhat frail, Lee has mellowed with age — not unlike his creation Singapore, governed today with a lighter touch even as its citizens grow more vocal. Yet, as the book, and the adaptation here of the China chapter, reveal, Lee is as sharp, direct and prescient as ever. Though the volume was completed before China’s current territorial tensions with its neighbors, it helps expose, and explain, Beijing’s hardball mind-set.”

“Over the years Lee has been called many things — unflattering as well as admiring. But perhaps the single most fitting description is: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow.”

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