“China’s next phase of development will be different from the past…we must find new solutions as our own circumstances change so we can continue to improve Singaporeans’ lives and remain relevant to other countries, including China.”
Lee Hsien Loong
“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
Launched in November 2007, Business China’s 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.
"Business China" is spearheaded by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and is an effective networking platform congregating high level business leaders distinguished by their bilingual and bi-cultural prowess.
Two vibrant uplifting brush strokes in Chinese calligraphic style, in colours of champagne yellow and vermilion, signifies the bilingual and bi-cultural elements of "Business China". These parallel brush strokes overlap to create a dash of tangerine, representing the dynamism and energy sparked by a proficiency in Chinese and English and a cognitive appreciation of both cultures.
The dual colours of champagne yellow and vermilion also separately indicate the concepts of "being adept in doing business" and "Chinese language and culture". "Being adept in doing business" will stimulate an interest and enthusiasm in learning written and spoken Chinese. Being conversant in Chinese language and culture will in turn enhance the ability to do business in China, hence achieving the objectives of "being adept in doing business". The overlapping of these 2 colours again signifies the inter-dependence of these 2 aspects in the co-creation of the effective bi-cultural individual.
The Chinese character "華" ensconced in the crimson globe takes on a special significance: "Business China" will set the trends for using Chinese as a practical, living language. It will also be an ideal magnet for the networking of bilingual and bi-cultural talents from around the world, to share insights about the China market.
DEEPEST CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF OUR FOUNDING PATRON, SINGAPORE’S FOUNDING PRIME MINISTER MR LEE KUAN YEW
Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew was a visionary leader whose extraordinary wisdom and foresight paved the way for stronger bilateral ties between Singapore and China. Mr Lee is the Founding Patron of Business China and has always been committed to the promotion of bilingualism and biculturalism in Singapore, as exemplified by his strong support towards Business China and its events. Mr Lee was the Guest-of-Honour at the inaugural Business China Awards in 2010 and subsequently in 2012; as well as keynote speaker at FutureChina Global Forum in 2010 and 2011.
Mr Lee's dedication to Business China over the past 8 years has allowed some 50,000 Singaporeans to benefit greatly from his invaluable insights and astute observations of China and the world. In honour of Mr Lee’s exceptional contributions and commitment towards fostering Sino-Singapore bilateral ties, he was presented the ‘Business China Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2013.
Mr Lee Kuan Yew will be dearly missed for his immeasurable contributions to Business China and Singapore.
CHUA THIAN POH
23 March 2015
11 Jan 2011
The inaugural Business China Awards Gala Dinner
12 Jul 2010
FutureChina Global Forum 2010: Strategic Insights for riding China’s next decade
29 Dec 2009
Double feast at Business China 2nd anniversary dinner with sharing from the patron Minister Mentor Lee
19 Nov 2008
Business China 1st Anniversary Celebration
19 Nov 2007
Official Launch of Business China
Mr Lee Kuan Yew
Singapore's Founding Prime Minister
Mr Lee Hsien Loong
Singapore's Prime Minister
Mr Gan Kim Yong
Minister for Health
Mr Chan Chun Sing
Minister, Prime Minister's Office
Mr Ng Chee Meng
Minister for Education (Schools)
& Second Minister for Transport
Mr Ong Ye Kung
Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) &
Second Minister for Defence
Mr Lee Yi Shyan
Member of Parliament
Executive Advisor, OUE Limited
Mrs Josephine Teo
Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Transport
Dr Koh Poh Koon
Minister of State for
Trade and Industry
& National Development
Mr Chee Hong Tat
Minister of State for Communications and Information & Health
Mr Robin Hu
Joint Head (Sustainability & Stewardship Group)
Mr Anthony Tan
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Mr Thomas Chua
Chairman & Managing Director
Teckwah Industrial Corporation Ltd
Mr Teo Siong Seng
Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd
Mr Roland Ng
President & Group CEO
Tat Hong Holdings Ltd
Mr Wu Hsioh Kwang
Straco Corporation Ltd
Mr Zhong Sheng Jian
Chairman & CEO
Yanlord Land Group Limited
Mr Kho Choon Keng
Group Executive Chairman
Lian Keng Enterprises Pte Ltd
Lian Huat Group
Mr Kuah Boon Wee
MTQ Corporation Limited
Mr Tan Cheng Gay
Chairman & CEO
EnGro Corporation Ltd
Mr Lim Ming Yan
President & Group CEO
Mr Tan Ser Ping
Founder & Managing Partner
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