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China important to Singapore's long-term economic progress: Minister

Published on May 30, 2014 9:08 PM
 
Pedestrians cross the street in Shanghai's financial district on the Bund on March 13, 2014. Business leaders were told that China remains an important part of maintaining Singapore's economic progress at a ceremony Friday evening. -- PHOTO: AFP

Business leaders were told that China remains an important part of maintaining Singapore's economic progress at a ceremony Friday evening.

Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, said that while Singapore's "linguistic and cultural affinity" with China gave a head start, this advantage alone is not enough.

"It is, therefore, imperative that Singaporeans continue to augment our ability to engage China as part of our strategic vision to maintain global competitiveness and long-term economic vitality," he added.

Mr Lim was speaking at the commencement ceremony for participants of the Future China Advanced Leaders Programme, held at Swissôtel Merchant Court Friday evening.

 
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