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Launch of Lee Kuan Yew's new book

Singapore, 29 July 2013 – Straits Times Press, the book publishing unit of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Limited, is pleased to announce the launch of a new book by Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Titled One Man’s View of the World by Lee Kuan Yew, the 400-page volume conveys Mr Lee’s views on the future of the major powers and regions of the world.

After more than five decades representing Singapore on the international stage – as Prime Minister, Senior Minister, then Minister Mentor – Mr Lee has come to be known as one of the world’s most respected statesmen. Richard Nixon called him “a world statesman of the first rank”. He has met movers and shakers of his time, from former Chinese Community Party leader Mao Zedong to Chinese leader Xi Jinping, and from former US President Lyndon Johnson to the current Barack Obama.

It is from this wealth of international experience that Mr Lee draws the wisdom and insight that inform this book.

The book is made up of 11 chapters. The first seven cover countries or regions: China, the United States, Europe, other Asian powers (Japan, India and Korea), South-east Asia, Singapore and the Middle East. Mr Lee also gives his views on the global economy and energy and climate change. Mr Lee, who turns 90 in September, also reflects candidly on life and death. 

The final chapter is a series of
 conversations between Mr Lee and an old friend, former Chancellor of West Germany Helmut Schmidt. The two met to discuss international affairs over three days in May 2012, when Mr Schmidt visited Singapore. 

A team from The Straits Times provided research and editorial material, and conducted a series of interviews with Mr Lee. Excerpts of these interviews are included in each chapter. The team comprised
 Han Fook Kwang, Zuraidah Ibrahim, Chua Mui Hoong and Elgin Toh, as well as Shashi Jayakumar, an Administrative Officer on secondment to the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

One Man’s View of the World
 is the latest in a series of books published by SPH and Straits Times Press on Mr Lee. With its foreign policy focus, it is an apt complement to a previous book on Mr Lee - Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going (2011) which sets out Singapore's domestic challenges. Other previous books include My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore’s Bilingual Journey (2011), Lee Kuan Yew: The Man and His Ideas(1998), as well as Mr Lee’s two-volume memoirs, The Singapore Story (1998) and From Third World to First (2000).

Mr Lee wrote in the preface to his latest book: “My understanding is based on my observations and interactions with various people over the course of the last 50 years in government, during which I managed Singapore’s foreign policy and met many key figures who had first-hand experience dealing with the global issues of the day.”

On whether big power play will cause the United States and China to clash militarily, he wrote: “There is at present no bitter, irreconcilable ideological conflict between the Americans and a China that has enthusiastically embraced the free market. The Chinese need friendly relations with the US to secure continued access to its markets, investments, technology and universities. And the US simply has no need to make a long-term enemy out of China.” 

He added that China would be active in pursuing its territorial
 claims knowing they are “the biggest boy in the neighbourhood”.

As for tiny Singapore, it is too small to change the world, he
 wrote: “But we can try to maximise the space we have to manoeuvre among the big ‘trees’ in the region. That has been our approach and we will have to be nimble and resourceful to be able to continue to do so.”

Global leaders have endorsed the book.

Former US Secretary of State George Shultz wrote: “Lee Kuan Yew once again gives us clarity of thought, eloquence of expression, the depth of important ideas, and common sense. A must-read book!”

Dr Henry A. Kissinger, US Secretary of State (1973-1977), wrote: "Lee Kuan Yew’s unique talents built a nation and helped secure an era of peace and prosperity in Asia. For decades it has been my good fortune to know him as a strategic thinker, a partner in international security, and a friend. Now, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, he has distilled his thinking on international affairs for a broader audience. With fresh and candid analyses of subjects ranging across the globe, 
One Man’s View of the World demonstrates the acute insights that fellow leaders have sought from Lee Kuan Yew for half a century."

Tun Daim Zainuddin, former Malaysian Finance Minister, endorsing the book, said: "Insightful, well thought, penetrating and visionary. Lee Kuan Yew’s assessment and analysis of these countries and the future of Singapore is truly 
par excellence and could only come from one of the finest statesmen of this region and our time. It will be a much referenced book for those who need to understand where we are and where we will be."

The book will be launched by Mr Lee on Tuesday, 6 August 2013, at the Istana. It is available at all leading bookstores for $39.90 (inclusive of GST) from 5 pm on 6 August. Online shoppers can also order the book from from 6 August.

The book will be available in Malaysia and around the region soon after the launch.


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For more information, please contact:

Deror Wong 
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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HP: 9848 6934

Francis Mah 
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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HP: 9697 8208


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In the radio business, SPH has a 92.9% per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 

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