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Helmut Schmidt, former German chancellor,
is in Singapore to tap [Singapore’s former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew‘s] views on international affairs for a book that he is writing. The interview on Saturday lasted three hours, and two more interviews of similar length are scheduled over the next two days,
reports the Straits Times (Sunday Times).
Lianhe Zaobao (UDN, 联合早报, Singapore) points out that
in 2006, [Schmidt] published “Our Neighbor China”, explaining that Europe should maintain a friendly relationship with China, [a book] which caused wide-spread attention. In an interview, Schmidt once said that Lee Kuan Yew understood China better than he did. Lee Kuan Yew said at a Future China Global Forum banquet in July last year that besides China’s Deng Xiaoping and America’s former president Bill Clinton, Schmidt, too, was an outstanding leader.