24 March 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday sent condolences to Singapore after the country’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew died in the early hours of the morning at the age of 91.
The statesman, who was prime minister of the city-state for 31 years, had been hospitalized and on life support for several weeks after contracting pneumonia. The Singaporean government declared a period of national mourning from Monday until Sunday.
In his message, Xi extended condolences to Lee’s family, and said Lee’s passing is as much a loss for the international community as it is for Singapore, the Xinhua News Agency reported Monday.
…”Lee emphasized pragmatism over ideology in his diplomatic policy which focused on the stability of international society and the interests of Singapore,” Oh Ei Sun, a senior research fellow at Nanyang Technology University of Singapore, told the Global Times in a phone interview on Monday.
IDSS / Online
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