Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Book Review: Lee Kuan Yew, The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World

Author: Graham Allison, Robert D. Blackwill, Ali Wyne
Title of the Book: "Lee Kuan Yew, The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World" 
Year of Publication: 2013
Place of Publication: Cambridge
Publisher: The MIT Press
Number of Pages: 186
Price: SGD 23.54 
ISBN: 978-0-262-01912-5

In this book, Lee Kuan Yew vividly explains his views on China, the US and India as well as the geopolitical consequences of China's rise and its relationship with the US. He mentioned that US will not be overtaken by China. US will still take the lead. His reason was that the US has the best and brightest minds who can significantly contribute to its economic welfare. He also said that language is a barrier for China to attract the best and the brightest minds.

Lee Kuan Yew also provided his views on the future of Islamic extremism. He provided a very good insight on dealing with extremism which is to engage the young Muslims. In doing so, he said that the next generations of Muslims will be honed to have moderate and more open view of the world.

On ASEAN integration he advised that it should be done quickly. On governance, he left a word of wisdom which was based on his experience. He said that he just did what he think was right and appropriate for Singapore and not based on what the academics are saying.  

Indeed, Lee Kuan Yew is a great leader and a Sun Tzu of our time.

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