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China Has Just Shown It Expects the World to Submit To It – or Else

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I f anybody thought Beijing’s assurances that it does not seek dominance over others but simply wants to be a respected and valued member of the international community are genuine,…

One Last Thing China Must Learn from Singapore – How to Be Liked

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T he two gentlemen exchanging laughs in the lead photo to this article are, of course, Lee Kuan Yew himself and Robert Gates, then Defence Secretary of the United States.…

Xipocrisy – China Blinks in a Historic Diplomatic Blunder

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C hina has lost its nerve. A series of statements issued by government officials – including Xi Jinping – and state media last week show that either the Chinese are…

Ego, Not Frugality, Drives Mahathir’s Investment Decisions

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I it’s been almost a year since Mahathir took back the reins of his country, inspiring hopes for a positive change after a decade under corrupt Najib. Unfortunately, however, as…

Singapore Is Wealthy Not Thanks to Water but Trust – One Thing Malaysia Lacks

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W henever I think that Malaysian politicians have, perhaps, concluded their barrage of ludicrous assaults against their most valuable neighbor, they reignite controversy with another thoughtless comment – with the…

Malaysia’s “Parang Diplomacy” is Entirely Self-Defeating

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T he never-ending spectacle of Malaysian provocations, which has been going on for the past months, is increasingly less worrying and more entertaining – even if it’s a completely irrational…

Why Malaysia Needs a Non-Malay Prime Minister

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I freely admit that what you’re about to read borders on political fiction. There’s absolutely no realistic chance of a non-Malay taking over the reins as Malaysia’s leader right now.…

‘The Economist’ Should Learn from Singapore Instead of Attacking It

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C ondescension in reports about Asia is nothing new in the Western world. But one is forced to recognize things are getting out of hand if articles published in one…

Singapore is Getting Stronger Thanks to Malaysian Government

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I wasn’t planning on writing another article about the tensions between the two neighbors within little over than a week. But just when I thought the situation is going to…

Malaysia Can’t Win with Singapore – But It Can Lose a Lot

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W hy, dear Malaysia, why? Why do you keep doing this? To Singapore – and to yourself. Why the repeated attacks over completely meaningless issues? In a follow up to…

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