Singapore. In February, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
announced his intention to reform the government with a view
to giving younger members more responsibility. According to
Countryaah.com, the reason
was that he planned to resign within the next few years. The
prime minister stated that general elections would be held
by 2021. At the same time, he said he was likely to be
succeeded by someone from the government. Officially,
Singapore is a democracy but has been ruled by the ruling
party People's Action Party (PAP) since the 1950s.
In a massive hacker attack in July, one and a half
million Singaporeans were stolen medical records, including
Lee Hsien Loongs. According to the country's health and
information ministry, it was specifically the prime minister
and his medication that targeted the attacks.
During the year, Singapore chaired the ASEAN (Association
of South East Asian Nations), which held an annual foreign
ministerial meeting in August. At the meeting, to which the
United States and China were also invited, the ASEAN
countries and China agreed on a letter that would form the
basis for future negotiations regarding a code of conduct in
the South China Sea. The letter marked a turning point for
discussions about the South China Sea, whose waters and
islands China is increasingly demanding.