” I think every administration has a settling-in process. And there’s always an adjustment between what you can say during a campaign and what you find are the possibilities and the imperatives when you win the election and you enter the Oval Office. “


” The Chinese go around with lollipops in their pockets. They have aid. They have friendship deals. They build you a Prime Minister’s office or President’s office or Parliament House or Foreign Ministry. For them, trade is an extension of their foreign policy. “


” You need people who have their own views, whose views you respect, whom you can have a productive disagreement with, and work out ideas which you might not have come up with, or who improve on ideas you had. “


” You have to have a sense of what it looks like, not from the point of view of the policymaker but from the point of view of those who are at the receiving end of your policies. “


” Every time you make a rule, somebody will think of a way to operate around the rule. “


” If you interview world leaders, everybody will say they are for free trade. But what they mean by it and what they do when they say they are pro free trade, you have to watch and see. “


” My infrastructure must run brilliantly. My whole system must be different from what you can get anywhere else in Asia. “


” What we can do in Singapore may not be doable elsewhere. Some things you know you need: you want efficient government, you want clean government, you want to do away with corruption, you must educate your people. You want to get housing and so on. All these are not such secrets, not so special to Singapore. “


” If you look at the young people today, they are passionate about all kinds of courses. We have dog-lovers, nature-lovers, those who are pursuing arts, we have quite many who are involved in religious activities through their church. “


” If there are tensions between America and China, we will be asked to pick a side. It may not be directly, but you will get the message that, ‘We would like you to be with us, and are you with us? If not, does that mean you’re against us?’ And that’s to put it gently. “


” You look at the Americans. They don’t lack fervour in moral causes. They promote democracy, freedom of speech, women’s rights, gay rights, sometimes even transgender rights. But you don’t see them applying that universally across the world with all their allies. “


” If you asked a Singaporean, on the one hand they’ll say, ‘Let us do our own things.’ On the other hand, when an issue comes out, they’ll ask, ‘What is the government doing about it? “


” You have to have an idea of what you need to do, what needs to be fixed, what can be improved, what we should now imagine together which we didn’t previously imagine. And having thought of it, decide to go it. And that’s the government’s role. “



All 13 Lee Hsien Loong Quotes about You in picture


I think every administration has a settling-in process. And there
The Chinese go around with lollipops in their pockets. They have aid. They have friendship deals. They build you a Prime Minister
You need people who have their own views, whose views you respect, whom you can have a productive disagreement with, and work out ideas which you might not have come up with, or who improve on ideas you had.
You have to have a sense of what it looks like, not from the point of view of the policymaker but from the point of view of those who are at the receiving end of your policies.
Every time you make a rule, somebody will think of a way to operate around the rule.
If you interview world leaders, everybody will say they are for free trade. But what they mean by it and what they do when they say they are pro free trade, you have to watch and see.
My infrastructure must run brilliantly. My whole system must be different from what you can get anywhere else in Asia.
What we can do in Singapore may not be doable elsewhere. Some things you know you need: you want efficient government, you want clean government, you want to do away with corruption, you must educate your people. You want to get housing and so on. All these are not such secrets, not so special to Singapore.
If you look at the young people today, they are passionate about all kinds of courses. We have dog-lovers, nature-lovers, those who are pursuing arts, we have quite many who are involved in religious activities through their church.
If there are tensions between America and China, we will be asked to pick a side. It may not be directly, but you will get the message that,
You look at the Americans. They don
If you asked a Singaporean, on the one hand they
You have to have an idea of what you need to do, what needs to be fixed, what can be improved, what we should now imagine together which we didn

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