On Wednesday we told you about how the recent comments of Singapore’s elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew made during his latest trip to the US have caused an uproar among Chinese netizens. Aside from his more controversial statements that Asia needs the United States to counterbalance a rising China and that the US needs to be “an important part” of any new East Asian architecture, Lee also gave a wide-ranging interview to the Charlie Rose Show of the PBS network. China featured heavily in the 60 minute interview which kicked off with Lee’s proclamation that the United States may have half a century left as the world’s dominant power. In the new world order, said Lee, the US would have to make space for China and India at the top table of the world. For the next hour or so, sit back with us and gaze into Lee Kuan Yew’s crystal ball as he looks back into the past and divines the future. As always, if you’re in China and still not able to watch Youtube videos, now is the time to get your VPN. Meanwhile, a full transcript of this interview is available here.
Part 1: The imbroglio in Iraq and Afghanistan are just “distractions”. The real story is the Asian rennaissance.
Parts 2 to 6 follow after the jump:
Part 2: “The US needs to make China feel like it’s accepted at the top table.”
Part 3: Lee’s observations on Russia, Japan and India, and the return of the Chinese diaspora to China
Part 4: “Both China and the US have to change their mindsets”
Part 5: Lee’s meeting with Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970s, and his message for President Obama today
Part 6: “The Chinese are enormously ambitious to catch up”
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