Wang Rong Meets Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng of Singapore
Wang Rong, Member of Standing Committee and Secretary of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee, and Yan Li, Mayor of Suzhou, met Wong Kan Seng, Deputy Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs of Singapore, and his entourage on the evening of Aug. 21.
Wang Rong and Yan Li accompanies Singapore guest on a night tour of Jinji Lake.
Wang stresses that SIP has contributed greatly to the economic development of Suzhou, with significant proportions in the economic volume of the whole municipality, and more importantly, its value has lied on the advanced level of economic development and urban construction and management.
Wang Rong extended warm welcome to Deputy Prime Minister Wang Kan Seng. He says that the successes of SIP in the past 12 years have proved the correctness of the decision on China-Singapore cooperation. Wang says that the 8th session of China-Singapore Joint Steering Council is soon to be held in Beijing, and we hope this will create better conditions for future development of SIP. And these successes have a direct bearing on the adaptation of the experience of Singapore in public administration. SIP has become a demonstration park for the whole municipality and even the whole of China. Wang points out that the visit by Deputy Prime Minister Wong has further reinforced our confidence in pushing the China-Singapore cooperation project of SIP onto a new stage of development. Wang Rong says that as a relatively fast developing city, Suzhou will attach special attention on scientific approach of development, technological innovation, and the restructuring of industries, and vigorous efforts will be made to promote modern service industries and the construction of new countryside. He says that Suzhou expects to reach the approximate standard of development of Singapore through ten years' efforts.
Wong Kan Seng thanked the hosts for warm receptions, saying that he has been to SIP the year before and witnessed the clustering of world-famous multinational corporations and a prosperous modern metropolis in SIP, as well as Singapore International School, and has been impressed with the speed of development. The deputy prime minister says that he has been to China many times since 1985, and felt that SIP is a clear demonstration of the good relations of cooperation between China and Singapore. He comments that Singapore has benefited from this win-win project and, with high attention from the two sides, SIP will doubtless continue to grow and develop in the coming years.
Also present at the meeting were Chen Baoliu, former Chinese Ambassador to Singapore, Wang Jinhua, Deputy Secretary of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee and Secretary of SIP Party Working Committee, and other municipal leaders Zhou Weiqiang and Wang Shaodong. Other Singaporean guests present included Lee Yi Shuan, Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Chin Siat Yoon, Ambassador of Singapore to China, and Chan Hing Wing, Singapore Consul General in Shanghai.
Aug. 22, 2006