30 years of S’pore-China ties: A complex relationship headed for challenging new chapter

On the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Singapore-China diplomatic ties, The Straits Times looks at the evolution of this relationship

The Singapore-China relationship was never going to be an easy one given the huge differences between the two countries, not the least of which are their different political systems and disparity in size.

Another complicating factor: Singapore's ethnic Chinese majority population (75 per cent), with many Singaporeans still steeped in Chinese customs and traditions, and for some, even personal memories of the motherland.

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