Speaking at the inaugural FutureChina Global Forum at the Ritz Carlton, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew tackled a host of issues, ranging from United States-China relations to political succession in China and bilingualism.
The FutureChina Global Forum, organised by Business China in celebration of 20 years of diplomatic ties between Singapore and China, hopes to build a 'community of insiders' from business, political, academic, technological and cultural fields, said Business China chairman Chua Thian Poh. The theme of the forum was "Strategic Insights for riding China's next decade".
'What can we teach the Chinese? Bilingualism - understanding the world without translation. English is the second language of all countries that do not have it as their first language. Without it, you are at a disadvantage,' said Mr Lee. He added that, mastering bilingualism is difficult but China has to create an English-speaking environment to master the language in order to grow economically.
Responding to a question, Mr Lee said the role of the US as a world power will change in about two decades' time and it has to come to terms with China becoming a super power. He also added that Singapore keeps an equal distance between China and the US.
The keynote speakers of the event included Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo, US Ambassador to China Jon M. Huntsman Jr and Wu Jianmin, Executive Vice Chairman of China Institute of Innovation and Development Strategy, People’s Republic of China.
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