07 November 2015
Chongqing has emerged triumphant in a battle between three mainland cities to host Singapore’s third development project on the mainland.
The decision was announced at a state banquet last night by President Xi Jinping, hours after he arrived for his first visit to the city state in his official capacity as leader.
Chongqing, which hit the headlines in 2012 due to the disgrace of its Communist Party boss Bo Xilai, saw off Chengdu and Xian to host the government-led development – a business park and residential project themed on “modern services and connectivity”.
… It will also be a major boost to Sino-Singapore ties. “It’s a good idea because logistics, services and connectivity are areas that have not previously been emphasised by the two sides,” said Li Mingjiang from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. “The services sector is an area where Singapore may have some advantages in working with China. The project shows both countries have fairly strong political interest in enhancing ties.”
GPO / IDSS / Online
Last updated on 13/11/2015