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VZCZCXRO3881PP RUEHCHI RUEHCN RUEHDT RUEHGH RUEHHM RUEHNH RUEHVCDE RUEHGP #1932/01 2920841ZNY CCCCC ZZHP 190841Z OCT 07FM AMEMBASSY SINGAPORETO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4263INFO RUCNASE/ASEAN MEMBER COLLECTIVERUEHOO/CHINA POSTS COLLECTIVERUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 1998RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 1842RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 4105RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 5723RUEHWL/AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON 1359RHHMUNA/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HIRHEHNSC/NSC WASHINGTON DCC O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 SINGAPORE 001932SIPDISSIPDISE.O. 12958: DECL: 10/17/2017TAGS:PREL PGOV ECON CH TW BM SN
SUBJECT: LEE KUAN YEW ON BURMA'S "STUPID" GENERALS AND THE"GAMBLER" CHEN SHUI-BIANClassified By: Ambassador Patricia L. Herbold. Reasons 1.4(¶1. (C) Summary: ASEAN should not have admitted Burma,Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam into the organization in the1990's, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew told visiting EAP DASChristensen and the Ambassador October 16. Expressing hisscorn for Burma's leaders, MM Lee called them "dense" and"stupid." After discussing China's influence over Burma, hesuggested that Indonesian President Yudhoyono, as a formergeneral, could potentially be an interlocutor with theregime. Turning to cross-Strait relations, MM Leecharacterized President Chen Shui-bian as a "gambler" who wready to "go for broke" on independence. He thought thatJapan might be willing to speak out publicly to constrainTaiwan now that Yasuo Fukuda was prime minister. China'sstrategy for Southeast Asia was simple -- "come grow with m because China's rise is inevitable. MM Lee urged the UnitedStates to pursue more Free Trade Agreements to give theregion options besides China. End Summary. ASEAN's Problematic Newer Members---------------------------------¶2. (C) Regional stability will be enhanced the more ASEANable to "get its act together," Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yetold visiting EAP DAS Christensen and the Ambassador duringan October 16 meeting. However, ASEAN should not haveadmitted Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam as members in th1990's, Lee argued. The older members of ASEAN shared commovalues and an antipathy to Communism. Those values had been"muddied" by the new members, and their economic and socialproblems made it doubtful they would ever behave like theolder ASEAN members.
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