Lee Kuan Yew's world views in new book

Lee Kuan Yew's world views in new book

SINGAPORE - A new book by former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew will be launched next Tuesday.

The 400-page book, titled One Man's View Of The World, contains Mr Lee's views on geopolitics and the future of world powers such as China and the United States.

There is also one chapter on Singapore, in which he reflects on the developments of the political landscape in the last few years.

Published by The Straits Times Press, the book has 11 chapters, the first seven of which cover countries and regions. The next three are on the global economy, energy and climate change, and Mr Lee's candid reflections on life and death.

The final chapter is a series of conversations from May last year between Mr Lee, 89, and an old friend, former chancellor of West Germany Helmut Schmidt, 94.

Excerpts of interviews that Mr Lee had with a team of writers from The Straits Times are also included in the chapters.

The same team - comprising Mr Han Fook Kwang, Ms Zuraidah Ibrahim, Ms Chua Mui Hoong and Mr Elgin Toh - provided research and editorial help for the book.

Mr Shashi Jayakumar, a civil servant on secondment to the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, rounded out the group.

Like the first two volumes of Mr Lee's memoirs, 1998's The Singapore Story and 2000's From Third World To First, the new book mines Mr Lee's 50 years in government and contains his personal recollections of countries and their leaders.

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