Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city

Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city: Once upon a Chinese wasteland

Singapore's second joint project with China, the Tianjin Eco-city, will be marking its 10th anniversary this year.

Anhui native Huang Daqing expected his affair with Tianjin Eco-city to be brief when he bought a home here in 2015 for his daughter to enrol in one of the brand-name secondary schools in the area.

"I thought I'd stay here for three, four years at most, while my daughter attends Nankai High School," said the managing director of electronic parts firm Ecostless in the city.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2018, with the headline 'Once upon a Chinese wasteland'. Subscribe