A very good afternnon,
Chairman of Business China, Mr Chua Thian Poh
Board Members of Business China
Distinguished Speakers, Dr Lyn Jeffery, Dr Tan Lai Yong and Dr Loh Cheng, and participants of the inaugural Future China Youth Forum
Ladies and Gentlemen
1. First of all, a very warm welcome to the Future China Youth Forum. I am excited to see so many young faces here with us today, eager to learn about China and its relevance to Singapore.
2. I hope you will discover more about the world’s second largest economy and be inspired to capture China’s vast opportunities as the centre of economic gravity moves to the East.
3. Today’s Youth Forum features a Future China Scholar’s Showdown, where 5 teams will present their knowledge and creativity on a chosen topic. To prepare for their presentation, the teams attended the FutureChina Globla Forum that concluded yesterday. The Global Forum is a unique independent bilingual forum on China – covering a wide range of aspects – from its international relations and economy, to politics, culture and society. I am sure the teams are raring to show their new knowledge gained from the forum and we are looking forward to what they have to share later.
4. We are privileged to have with us today, Dr Lyn Jeffery from the Insitute for the Future to share with us her expertise on creativity with strong Chinese cultural elements. Dr Lynn Jeffery’s knowledge about China and fluency in the Chinese language is an inspiration to us all. I am certain her success story will spur you to greater heights in gaining a deeper insight and grasp of the Chinese language and culture.
5. I wish to specially acknowledge the contributions of Dr Tan Lai Yong and Dr Loh Cheng to Business China. They have taken time off their packed schedules to be here to share their China experience. Dr Tan and Dr Loh have stayed in China for a long time. They have been recognised and honoured for their humanitarian work and efforts in China. We have much to learn from them. I am confident that today’s forum will present new insights and valuable experiences for each of us.
6. I wish you all an enriching and fulfilling journey on your road of discovery towards a deeper engagement with China.
7. Please allow me to say a few words in Mandarin.
9. 我们也非常荣幸的邀请到Dr Lyn Jeffery江琳博士，陈来荣医生和卢正医生，与大家分享心得与经验，尤其要感谢Lyn千里迢迢从美国赶来，远道而来辛苦了！她流利的中文，令人钦佩，她的经历，相信能激励更多新加坡青年学子，学习中文与中华文化，增进对中国未来导向的认识。两位医生在中国多年的生活体验，相信也能让大家大开眼界，相信他们一定会不吝分享真知灼见。