李光耀：1978年以来中国人的新加坡印象 = Lee Kuan Yew : the image of Singapore in post-1978 China
Date of Issue2017
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
My dissertation is a study of the Chinese perception of Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), the man who in a variety of ways and for so many years defined Singapore. It seeks to develop a new interpretation of China’s domestic development, Sino-Singapore relationship, and East-West power relations, through the lens of LKY. It addresses these questions: What was the real role played by the ethnic affinity between the Chinese Singaporeans and the Chinese of China, in shaping Sino-Singapore relations during LKY’s time? Why has LKY’s authoritarian leadership which is illustrated by the so called Singapore Model drawn China’s special attention? How did he play a multi-faceted role between China and the rest of Asia, and between China and the West. Main arguments drawn from my study are: Under certain conditions ethnic affinity between two peoples can lead to antagonism instead of cooperation. The multi-faceted role of LKY in both China’s domestic development and in the international arena, which leads to his prevailing influence in China, is far beyond his overlap with Singapore. The Chinese ideological landscape regarding LKY not only tells the story of LKY and his Singapore, but also reflects China’s political rearticulation and the continuingly changing world politics.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science::International relations