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Seven pillars of Singapore's soft power

Singapore has many strengths, including a unique ability to bring the East and West together in a way that provides hope to those who worry that such competing civilisations may be incompatible.

Published on Nov 9, 2013 10:40 AM
 
Can Shanghai learn anything from Singapore’s soft power? This was the question posed to me for my opening keynote address for the Shanghai Mayor’s International Business Leadership Advisory Council (Iblac) meeting in Shanghai on Oct 27. -- ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL

Can Shanghai learn anything from Singapore’s soft power?

This was the question posed to me for my opening keynote address for the Shanghai Mayor’s International Business Leadership Advisory Council (Iblac) meeting in Shanghai on Oct 27.

I was tempted to go to the podium and say: “Nothing”. It would have been my shortest speech ever.

However, on deeper reflection, I realised that even though Shanghai’s population is almost five times that of Singapore, it might learn a lesson or two from Singapore’s experience. I therefore gave a speech on the seven pillars of Singapore’s soft power. It was well-received by the mayor and Iblac. Hence I thought it might be worth sharing it with my fellow Singaporeans in the hope that it will generate a robust discussion and produce a more authoritative list of the key pillars of Singapore’s soft power.

 
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