The actual cost of hosting the historic summit incurred by the Singapore Government was approximately S$16.3 million.
Taiwan became a self-governed island in 1949 following the defeat of the Nationalist Kuo Min Tang in the Chinese Civil War. Taiwan officially retains the name ‘Republic of China’ but the Beijing government considers it to be no more than a renegade province to be reunified under Communist Party rule.
200 years after Sir Stamford Raffles landed on the shores of Singapore and 48 years after Britain pulled out its military, it is considering a renewed presence in Southeast Asia – with Singapore as a likely site.
As of Jan 2019, he has been in power for 14 years and 142 days, edging out Goh Chok Tong who held that office for just under 14 years. This makes PM Lee the current longest-serving leader of a first world country. In that time PM Lee has seen 3 Singapore Presidents, 4 US Presidents, 4 British Prime Ministers, 3 Malaysian Prime Ministers, and 2 Chinese Presidents.
“My simple philosophy is to make all the staff happy. It has been my golden rule since I founded Kyocera when I was 27. Not to make shareholders happy but simply to create the company that every employee is proud to work for. Many people were skeptical if such a simple philosophy would work but in the end, it did.”
Singaporeans and Malaysians have more in common than what divides us. Both countries are inextricably tied to a shared history, culture, and a mutual economic dependency.
He criticized the current Pakatan Harapan government for its benevolent approach to Singapore. He urged the government to cease its “verbal war” with Singapore, noting Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong’s recent remarks for peaceful negotiations, and instead “fight fire with fire”.
For the past 4 weeks, France has been gripped by massive nationwide protests collectively dubbed the ‘gilets jaunes’ or yellow vests. Hundreds of thousands of citizens have taken to the streets in major French cities, culminating in violent clashes between the police and protesters, the likes of which France has not witnessed in 5 decades.
Seeing the Iraq War as a potential for diplomatic leverage, the Singapore Government publicly and vocally expressed its support for the invasion of Iraq.