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Lee Kuan Yew is held aloft by People’s Action Party supporters after winning the legislative
assembly general election in Singapore, June 3, 1959. Lee served as prime minister from 1959, when Singapore gained self-government from Britain, until 1990. He continued to hold cabinet positions until 2011. (File photo/CFP)
The legacy of the late Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding father, is how he led the city state to become a leading economic power in Asia.
Lee also played an ambiguous and secretive role in relations across the Taiwan Strait. Singapore hosted the historic meeting between Koo Chen-fu from Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation and Wang Daohan from China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits in 1993, the first high-level talks between the two sides after decades of hostility.
Lee continued interactions with leaders in Taiwan and China after he left office, and traveled to Taiwan to meet former president Chen Shui-bian in 2000 and President Ma Ying-jeou in 2011. [FULL STORY]