Chinese-speaking couples in Singapore to bring up their children to become bicultural
Harold F. Schiffman
haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Mon Aug 22 14:08:58 UTC 2005
Singapore's one-China policy remains unchanged: PM
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday reiterated his
country's adherence to the one-China policy.
"Our one-China policy remains unchanged. As a friend of both sides of the
Taiwan Strait, we were happy to see the successful visits by Lian Zhan and
James Soong to the mainland a few months ago. The cross-strait situation
has stabilized, which is good for all countries in the region," Lee said
while addressing a national day rally here on Sunday night.
The premier mentioned Chinese National People's Congress Chairman Wu
Bangguo's successful visit to Singapore in May this year and the planned
visit to Singapore by Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi in September for the 2nd
meeting of the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation.
Lee is also looking forward to visiting China later this year to further
strengthen Singapore's ties with China.
Stressing that China's emergence has strengthened Singapore's confidence
in the future of Chinese language and culture in the country, he said that
Chinese-Singaporeans appreciate their Chinese heritage and identity more,
and understand the importance of learning Chinese.
"Some are picking up Chinese for the first time, while others are
rediscovering the language after many years of neglect," he said.
Lee urged Chinese-speaking couples in Singapore to make full use of their
natural advantage, to bring up their children to become bicultural.
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