Having been personally involved in the Suzhou Industrial Park project and undertaking his own bilingual journey (“My Bilingual Journey” 2006), MM Lee believed that Singaporeans should be bilingual and bicultural so as to be ready for China’s growing influence in the region and to be able to leverage on opportunities. Business China was thus launched in November 2007, witnessed by MM Lee, the Founding Patron of Business China, and Mr Wen Jiabao, Former Premier of the People's Republic of China, and Mr Chua Thian Poh, Founding Chairman of Business China, to promote a greater understanding of China amongst Singaporeans and to cultivate China-ready skills amongst young Singaporeans.
Mr Lee Kuan Yew
Founding Prime Minister, Singapore
Mr Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister, Singapore
In October 2016, Patron of Business China, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong inaugurated the 4th term of the Board of Business China with his personal guidance of Business China's future strategy and direction.
Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Board of Directors of OUE, Mr Lee Yi Shyan took over the helm as Chairman from Mr Chua Thian Poh, chairman and chief executive officer of Ho Bee Land Ltd.
The Board consists of cabinet ministers, business community leaders and industry experts.
Since its inception, Business China has been engaging youths and business leaders, through forums, dialogues, courses and study trips, to better understand a rapidly-changing China.
In 2017, Business China celebrated 10 years of bridging Singapore-China business and social exchanges, and 8 years of honouring outstanding individuals and enterprises for taking bilateral understanding to greater heights.
Business China Patron (PM Lee Hsien Loong), Board Advisers and Directors at the 10th anniversary.
Recipients of Business China Awards (2010–2017).
Business China continues to champion bilingualism and biculturalism in Singapore, taking into account the changes within Singapore and in the region, and a far more sophisticated and advanced China today.
We work with an eco-system of local partners (enterprises, government agencies and educational institutes) and Chinese counterparts to strengthen mutual understanding and to build closer relations.