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Singapore's PM heir apparent Wong takes global stage on U.S. trip

PM-in-waiting tests clout on first tour abroad since announcement as next leader

Singapore's finance minister and likely next prime minister, Lawrence Wong, speaks at a U.S. think tank in Washington on April 18. (Photo provided by Singapore's Ministry of Finance)

TOKYO/SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, heir apparent to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, sought to bolster his international reputation on a 10-day U.S. tour that wrapped up on Monday.

On his first overseas trip since his future post was made known in a leadership transition plan, Wong attended a meeting of Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Washington, and held a series of high-level meetings.

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