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  • In 1965 Singapore gained its independence from Malaysia.

  • Since then, the tiny city-state island has been industrializing and growing at an unprecedented rate.

  • This year, they were voted the most expensive city in the world for the second year running.

  • So we wanted to know, how powerful is Singapore?

  • Well, for starters, Singapore is a tiny island in Southeast Asia, with a population of a little over 5 million packed into 277 square miles.

  • That’s roughly if everyone in Minnesota squeezed into an area the size of San Francisco.

  • Along with South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, Singapore is one of the Four Asian Tigers;

  • nations that have experienced significant growth since the 1960s and have high-income economies.

  • Their GDP is nearly $300 billion dollars.

  • And they are 9th in the world in terms of per-capita GDP, although overall they rank 37th in the global economy.

  • One of the primary reasons for Singapore’s wealth is that they operate the largest, and busiest, transshipment port in the world.

  • In short, Singapore is rich. So what are they spending their money on? Well, mostly defense and guns.

  • According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

  • Singapore is the 5th largest arms importer in the world, after India, China, Pakistan and South Korea.

  • Singapore has a formidable military force.

  • In particular, the Singaporean Royal Air Force is the largest, best trained, and most equipped flying force in Southeast Asia.

  • Singapore also has mandatory two-year conscription of all 18-year-old males.

  • Meaning that Singapore sits on more than a million reserve troops, should they ever need them.

  • As a result of this military stockpiling, Singapore has a very close relationship with the United States.

  • In fact, the US is the primary buyer of Singaporean military equipment, making up 43% of their total sales.

  • Singapore also enjoys friendly, diplomatic relations with most of the developed Western world, with the exception of their neighbor, Malaysia.

  • This primarily stems from having been expelled from Malaysian rule in 1965 over policy disputes,

  • and later, disagreements over land ownership in the South China Sea.

  • However the two countries rely on each other heavily for trade,

  • and in recent years have largely resolved their issues through new leadership.

  • With a huge cash surplus, tremendous military and close relations with the United States, Singapore might not be a traditional international behemoth in regards to land size.

  • But it certainly stands on its own as one of the best equipped and most powerful countries in Southeast Asia.

  • To find out just what makes Singapore so expensive, check out our video here.

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How Powerful is Singapore?

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    鄭祐晨 posted on 2016/08/20
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