During his tour of the southern provinces in 1992, Mr Deng encouraged his people to learn from Singapore.

by Patrick Liew on August 20, 2019

During his tour of the southern provinces in 1992, Mr Deng encouraged his people to learn from Singapore.

In his words, he said, “There is good social order in Singapore. They govern the place with discipline. We should draw from their experience and do even better than them.”

According to Ambassador Tommy Koh, after Mr Deng’s tour, more than 500 Chinese delegations visited Singapore in 1992.

Zhao Leji, a politburo member affirmed the “strong and substantial relationship” between Singapore and China and that the two countries should cooperate in the area of human resource development.

During his visit to China in 2015, President Tony Tan Keng Yam said that since the 1990s, about 50,000 Chinese officials and cadres had studied subjects such as urban management, social governance and public administration in Singapore.

Two of the most popular training programmes are the master’s degree programmes in public administration and managerial economics at NTU’s Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) and the master’s degree programme in public administration at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

The NTU’s programme is commonly known as the “Mayors’ Class” due to the high number of Chinese mayors and mayoral contenders enrolled in them.

According to Professor Liu Hong, the NCPA director, about 1,400 Chinese officials had graduated from the “Mayors’ Class”.

The school has also conducted short-term programmes and had trained more than 15,000 government officials from China and Southeast Asian countries. Most of the students are from China.

Although the number of attendees have declined albeit not substantially, the programmes are attracting a more diverse pool of students, including more professionals such as university management and state-owned enterprises.

Over the years, China has regularly sent many study teams to Singapore, including activists from the Communist Party.

After stepping out of politics, our the first Deputy Prime Minister Mr Goh Keng Swee became an advisor to some of the coastal cities in China.

Singapore has been a friend and shared many of its experiences and best practices with China.

In 1994, during the drive towards industrialization, Singapore helped to set up the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park.

In 2007, just before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China was facing problems in environmental issues.

There was an idea to jointly develop an eco-city and that idea resulted in the development of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city.

In 2015, during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Singapore, both Singapore and China agreed to develop the third government-to-government project, the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative.

The third project was built to support China’s strategy for developing the Western Region.

The other joint projects include the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, Singapore-Chengdu High-Tech Park and the Sino-Singapore Jilin Food Zone.

Now why is Mahathir not looking south?



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