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Singapore PM draws laughs in US speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Singapore is well-known for its efficiency and order, but during a visit to Washington, the city-state's prime minister displayed a less advertised attribute — humor.

In a speech to U.S. businessmen, Lee Hsien Loong (lee haz-ee-en lahng) made a couple of jokes that drew laughs — and some groans.

His quips included one about China's environmental problems. "Beijing residents joke that to get a free smoke all they have to do is open their windows!" Lee said.

He then alluded to thousands of pig carcasses recently fished from rivers to the south.

"(In) Shanghai, if you want some pork soup, you just turn on the tap," he said.

His audience appeared doubtful if that was good taste, until he added, "That's their joke, not mine!"

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