Singapore Foreign Minister Joins H. R. McMaster for Episode of Battlegrounds in Hoover Tower
Fri, 07/29/2022 – 11:16
Hoover Institution (Stanford, CA) – Vivian Balakrishnan, the foreign minister of the Republic of Singapore, joined Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow H. R. McMaster for an in-person episode of Battlegrounds, filmed in the Hoover Tower at Stanford University earlier this month.
In the episode, which aired on Wednesday, July 27, Balakrishnan described the economic success of Singapore since its founding fifty-seven years ago; the importance of stable US–China relations for global peace and prosperity; and how American engagement in Southeast Asia has provided enormous benefits to the region.
He explained that for Singapore, a city-state just 283 square miles in size, the acceleration of its internal political development and the expansion of its economy, as well as its continued eagerness to forge peaceful relationships with its neighbors, are existential to the survival of the small nation, which lies at the tip of the Malay Peninsula. According to the World Bank, Singapore boasts a GDP growth that is among the highest in the world. Its largest areas of income growth are in the information, communication, finance, and insurance industries. It has …read more
Source:: Hoover Institution