“Singaporeans need three capabilities to do business in China: fluency in the Chinese language, knowledge of China's traditional culture and an understanding of the on-going changes in the social, economic and political conditions of a society with changing life-style that is transiting from an agricultural to an industrial economy.”
Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore
“By drawing on their respective strengths and maintaining close cooperation, China and Singapore have both become winners.”
Wen Jiabao, People’s Republic of China
Business China was officially launched in November 2007 by our patron, Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew and former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. We are a platform integrating language, economic and cultural elements. Our mission is to nurture an inclusive bilingual and bicultural group of Singaporeans through extensive use of the Chinese language as the medium of communication, so as to sustain our multi-cultural heritage, and to develop a cultural and economic bridge linking the world and China.
Harnessing the support of the public sector and private enterprises, Business China aims to strengthen the ties between Singapore and China, so as to sustain and grow the global connectivity of Singapore through:
- Becoming the leading bilingual and bi-cultural channel for closer collaboration with China.
- Establishing a widespread appreciation and acceptance of Chinese language and culture, within the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural mosaic that is fundamental to the Singapore identity.
- Nurturing young Singaporeans to develop deeper links with China, engaging it in all facets including economic, business, social, cultural and educational.