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Singapore, Nov. 14, 2010: China’s then-Vice President Xi Jinping (L) and Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s minister mentor, unveil a commemorative marker and bust of Deng Xiaoping

Singapore’s high-wire act in relations with China

Decades ago, the legendary leader of Singapore, Asia’s “economic tiger” with an overwhelmingly Chinese population, helped Beijing’s reformers rescue China’s economy and put it on a path to spectacular growth. Today, the bilateral trade remains robust, but the partnership has soured, and Singapore must watch its steps in the international arena. 

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