National Day: Sovereignty is alive and well but under considerable pressure

Today, Singapore marks its 57th anniversary as a sovereign nation. As some countries find their ability to act independently being challenged, we take a closer look at the concept of sovereignty and how it can be protected.

As Singapore deals with new challenges, its financial reserves will become even more of an asset. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
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Today marks the day Singapore became a sovereign, independent state, one of many to have emerged in the last century.

In 1920 there were only 50 independent countries; today there are nearly 200. A handful of European empires, the British empire being the largest, ruled more than 60 per cent of the world.

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