It is often interesting to return a country you once knew well. In the mid 1990s I used to visit Singapore regularly as The Economist‘s correspondent for South-East Asia. I even managed inadvertently to provoke a row between the magazine and the city state that led to The Economist briefly having its circulation restricted.
More than fifteen years later, a lot hasn’t changed in Singapore. The People’s Action Party are still in power, as they have been since independence. Eating and shopping are still the country’s most popular pastimes. Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding father is still alive, and still dispensing pearls of wisdom that are quoted reverentially in the Straits Times. The place is still spotless and prosperous. The big regional story is still the rise of China. Read more