America: A Singapore Perspective
by Tommy Koh and Daljit Singh
The United States of America is the largest investor in Singapore.
And in 2019, it channelled more resources into the city state than what it put into both China and Japan.
That year, the value of US direct investments in Singapore was US$288 billion, or about 4.8 per cent of US direct investments abroad. This sum exceeded the combined value of those in China (US$116.2 billion) and Japan (US$131.8 billion), based on data from the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.
This illustrates the economic significance of the US to Singapore. Beyond that, the US is also a very important partner of Singapore in security, education and culture.
And so, Singaporeans should learn more about the superpower, thought Professor Tommy Koh, Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large who had served as its Ambassador to the United States, and Mr Daljit Singh, Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute.
They gathered 27 other writers with a good understanding of America to pen a collection of 29 essays, America: A Singapore Perspective.
The compendium reveals insights into the various aspects of the US: its governing, election and political systems; business and economy; defence and foreign policy; as well as culture and culture wars.
It includes a foreword written by Ambassador-at-Large Chan Heng Chee, who had also been Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States.
The contributors include other well-known names: Ambassador-at-Large and former Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ong Keng Yong; former Permanent Secretary of Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bilahari Kausikan; former Nominated Member of Parliament and chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs Simon Tay; Dr Chua Beng Huat, Professor in the Department of Sociology of the National University of Singapore; as well as authors and former journalists Gretchen Liu and Koh Buck Song.
Several journalists of The Straits Times — Vikram Khanna, Chua Mui Hoong, Lydia Lim, Jeremy Au Yong, Nirmal Ghosh, Charissa Yong and Audrey Tan — also contributed essays to the book.
Paperback: 200 pages
Product Dimensions: 152 x 226 mm
Published by Straits Times Press