SINGAPORE -- This is a rare window of opportunity for China. If Xi had not launched the anti-corruption campaign now, it would have been impossible to do so in 10 years time. By then the vested interest groups would have become too powerful. If the economic oligarchy becomes a political one, China will become the Russia of yesterday.
America's interests in the Middle East would be best served not by constant political conflict, even under the guise of "democratic reform," but by something more along Lee Kuan Yew's approach of, in the words of Asia scholar Orville Schell, "authoritarian leadership, constrained by certain Western legal and administrative checks."
SINGAPORE -- Freedom is being able to walk on the streets unmolested in the wee hours in the morning, to be able to leave one's door open and not fear being burgled. Freedom is the woman who can ride buses and trains alone. These are the freedoms that Singaporeans have, freedoms that were built on the vision and hard work of Lee Kuan Yew.