Li Chaoyuan and Liang Baohua Meet Goh Chok Tong
Li Chaoyuan, Secretary of CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee and Chairman of Standing Committee of Jiangsu Provincial People's Congress, and Liang Baohua, Governor of Jiangsu Province, met the visiting Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong of Singapore and his group in Suzhou on April 15, and had a cordial talk with him.
Li Chaoyuan and Liang Baohua expressed warm welcome to Goh Chok Tong for his visit to Suzhou. Li says that the sight of the prosperous Suzhou Industrial Park reminds us of all the people who have contributed to its development. The significance of SIP does not lie only in the park itself, but the "window", by which we have obtained much successful experience from Singapore such as in planning and construction, synchronized development of economy and environment, and industrial development through support of R&D and education, etc. These concepts are showing ever-increasing importance today. In adapting the experience of Singapore, we have worked out our own development concept and experience that suit the specific conditions of China, like the principle of "four priorities" in spurring the regional development in Jiangsu. Li Chaoyuan says that there are many fields in which China and Singapore can supplement each other, and that we hope to cooperate with Singapore more extensively on new basis.
At the meeting, Liang Baohua says that Jiangsu has always maintained close cooperation and contact with Singapore, symbolized by Suzhou Industrial Park, which has registered remarkable achievements under the care and support of the leaders of the two countries. The sustained growth of SIP in the past 12 years has added a new and important factor in the economic advancement in Suzhou and the whole of Jiangsu Province, and has become a competitive region for investment and living. The current visit by Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has added a great impetus to the development of SIP, and we are grateful for the care and support by Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong. It is our desire that our cooperation with Singapore will further expand geographically and in the fields of economy and trade, culture, education, technology, tourism, and talent training, and raise such friendship and cooperation to a new level.
Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong expressed thanks for the warm reception by Li Chaoyuan and Liang Baohua, saying that it is an endearing experience to revisit Jiangsu after nine years. "I was much surprised by the great progress in Suzhou Industrial Park, for which I offer my congratulations. Let's make concerted efforts to attract more creative people to work in SIP and build SIP into an ever larger and more powerful industrial park." Goh Chok Tong says that Singapore is desirous of all-round development of cooperation with Jiangsu, and such cooperation of mutual benefit will surely bring about better welfare for the people.
Present at the meeting were Fu Xuezhang, former Chinese ambassador to Singapore, Wang Rong, Member of Standing Committee of CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee and Secretary of Suzhou Municipal Party Committee, Li Xiaomin, Secretary-general of Provincial Government, and municipal leaders Wang Jinhua, Zhou Weiqiang, and Wang Shaodong, etc.
Accompanying Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong on his visit were senior officials of Singapore government, members of Singapore parliament, and ambassador to China, etc. The distinguished guests visited the exhibition on SIP ten years' achievements, Dushu Lake Higher Education Park, Suzhou Logistics Center, and the historical Shantang Street, and the group will proceed to Tongli Township, Wujiang City, for visit.
Apr. 16, 2006