Alliances for survival and success
Singapore is small in size but its network of alliances around the world has helped it punch above its weight. It has now become a global leader that other countries look to.
It was as a colony of the powerful maritime British Empire that Singapore became an important international trading port, and it was merger with Malaya in 1963 that gave it autonomy. The merger later failed but Independent Singapore lost no time in building strategic alliances worldwide, which brought economic cooperation and security backing that shored up its sovereignty.
These global alliances have helped shape Singapore’s reputation as a trusted partner in matters of free trade and international security, and allow the country to thrive despite its small size.