1. A very good afternoon to everyone.
2. First and foremost, I would like to thank both speakers for their illuminating speeches today. As we can see from the polling results, their speeches have made an impact. As Professor Ted Hopf mentioned earlier, human agency is important, so today we have taken a big step forward. We have tried, hopefully, to change the course of history if it ever was inevitable and now it seemed that we have taken a step in the right direction.
3. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank River Valley High School and Mrs Teo for cooperating and co-organising today’s forum with Business China. What she shared in her opening speech about the promotion of bilingualism and biculturalism is something very important as the sole objective, as we can say, of Business China.
4. Business China was founded in 2007 by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and now our Patron is PM Lee Hsien Loong. We are a non-profit organisation and we work closely with the government agencies in Singapore, such as the MFA, MTI and IE Singapore, to promote relations with China and also to provide networking opportunities for our members to understand China better. And hopefully to seek, perhaps in the future, employment opportunities in China. So, as we can see, an understanding of the Chinese language and an appreciation of different cultures would be important in enabling us to transverse this complicated landscape that we increasingly find ourselves in.
5. It gives me great pleasure to see that we have many student representatives from various schools with us today. I also note that many students were busily taking notes just now. So I hope that today’s frank sharing will help you in your analyses of today’s topic.
6. As the speakers have mentioned in their closing comments, the discussion topic today is not just a theoretical discussion. As you can see, given our geographic position in the South China Sea area, this is a discussion topic that can very much impact us immediately, both from the security as well as the economic environment. So as we look upon these and look at the news that surround US-China relations, we must also see how Singapore can play a role in this area, as well as how to transverse this complicated environment.
7. I think what we can do, as students, is to continue to nurse bilingual and bicultural competencies as Singapore has always been an important business and cultural node, an open and vibrant city-state. We make our living largely through trade and also economic cooperation. So, it is only with the understanding of the macro environment that we see ourselves in, then we are able to navigate these challenges and hopefully position ourselves in the future.
8. I’ll now like to say a few words in Mandarin.
10. 我很高兴今天的论坛能够取得圆满的成功。我在此衷心感谢两位嘉宾Professor Ted Hopf和李明江博士所作的精彩演讲，以及立化中学的老师和同学们，你们都为了今天的论坛作出了非常大的贡献。
11. Last but not least, I hope to highlight to students that we have a pamphlet from Business China. We hope to continue to be able to provide a platform such as this, to bring to you interesting and relevant topics so that you can also use them not only to further your own studies and your competencies, but also to think about how they may impact what you would like to do in the future. And hopefully, we can help you as you pursue your dreams and seek employment opportunities in the future.
12. Thank you very much.