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50 YEARS: SUCCESSFUL RESTYLING

Asia | Singapore

In 2015 Singapore will be celebrating 50 years of independence, years that have not wilted the splendour of the Lady of Asia.

The small island of Singapore at the tip of the Malay Peninsula owes its fortune, in part, to its strategic position on maritime routes. Colonised for the British in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles, it was chosen as the base from which to countermand the aggressive policy of the Dutch who controlled practically all the ports of the archipelago, imposing heavy duties on shipping plying the trade route to the Indian colonies and especially on the highly profitable opium trade with China. The island offered a protected deepwater inlet, a perfect harbour for a large naval fleet. Still today, Keppel Harbour is one of the world’s major trading nodes. At the beginning of the 19  century, Singapore was a small settlement on the south coast around the...

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