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S'pore and China can learn from each other: DPM Teo

Published on Sep 22, 2012 6:00 AM
China’s security chief Zhou Yongkang (left) and DPM Teo meeting yesterday at the St Regis hotel for the first Singapore-China Forum on Social Management. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Singapore and China can learn from each other in dealing with common social challenges such as widening income gaps and ageing populations, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Friday.

"This will add yet another dimension to the strong bilateral relations between our two countries," he added.

Speaking at the first Singapore-China Forum on Social Management held at St Regis hotel, Mr Teo highlighted four common social challenges: the widening income gap, ageing populations, higher expectations of the Government and increasingly diverse populations.

He said greater movement of people - be it rural-to-urban migration in China or foreigners coming to Singapore - makes mutual understanding among different groups ever more important.

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