Skip to content
Subscriber Only
Business
Pursuits

China’s Love of Lee’s ‘Singapore Model’ Ran Deep for Decades

Video player cover image

Lee Led Singapore Out of the Third World: Bremmer

Updated on

Since Deng Xiaoping visited in 1978, Chinese leaders have looked for lessons in stewardship from Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore, a city-state with 0.4 percent the population of China and a landmass about half the size of Shanghai’s Pudong district.

Countries around the world have lavished praise on the Singapore Model -- a state ruled by a single party, defined by robust economic growth, low crime and startling cleanliness -- that brought international renown to Lee, who died Monday. None took Singapore’s example as seriously as China, which sends hundreds of Communist Party cadres to the city-state every year to study it.