Singapore 'must stay relevant to China and the world'

The strong relationship that Singapore has with China could not have come about if Chinese patriarch Deng Xiaoping had not told the Chinese to learn from Singapore and if he did not have a good relationship with Lee Kuan Yew, said Professor Zheng Yongnian.

But many things have happened since then to change that relationship.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore 'must stay relevant to China and the world''. Print Edition | Subscribe