National Day of Singapore Celebrated in Suzhou
"Singapore and Suzhou are united to create a better future" was the keynote in the gathering of Singaporeans and Citizens of Suzhou to celebrate the coming National Day of Singapore. The grand celebration rally was organized by Singapore Club of Suzhou to mark the 40th anniversary of Singapore and the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Singapore. Yan Li, Deputy Secretary of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee and Mayor of Suzhou, and Ambassador Chin Siat Yoon of Singapore attended the celebration and made speeches. Also present at the celebration activity were Chia Tuck Keong, General Consul of Singapore in Shanghai, and Wang Jinhua, Deputy Secretary of Suzhou Party Committee and Secretary of SIP Party Working Committee.
On behalf of the Party Committee and Government of Suzhou Municipality, Yan Li expressed congratulations on "the three happy events" of the 40th anniversary of Singapore, the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Singapore, and the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Club. He said, "The project of Suzhou Industrial Park is exemplary of the successful cooperation between China and Singapore, and under the special concern and efforts of the leaders of the two countries, the governments at various levels, and Suzhou Singapore Club and other associations, the major economic targets of SIP are showing a fast growth at an average annual rate of 40%. The successful experience of Singapore has greatly spurred on the modernization and internationalization of SIP, making Suzhou an advanced city in Jiangsu Province and China at large. The success of SIP is a tribute to the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Singapore, a milestone in the economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, and an added motive force in deepening the two countries' cooperation." He hoped that the closer cooperation between China and Singapore would bring about better development of SIP.
Artists of Suzhou and Singapore presented excellent performance at the celebration rally. “The charming scenes of Suzhou” and the famous tune of Singapore, “*Voice of Plain Souls”, among others, were warmly applauded by the audience.
August 6, 2005