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Singapore success and the US connection

The nation of Singapore is admired the world over. Founding father Lee Kuan Yew (who died recently) envisioned the big picture as well as sweated the details to take Singapore FROM a country of unruly politics, high unemployment, high inflation, and evaporating economy TO a country with the world's busiest port, top airline, and tenfold increase in GDP (between 1965 and 80). Lee had a US connection. He remained – until the end – a fan of American entrepreneurship and ingenuity. To help keep peace in Asia, he provided safe harbor for US warships. Besides, much of the foreign investment that poured into Singapore was from US tech companies.

More: Time, April 6, 2015

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