Singapore minister optimistic about ROC-Singapore bonds
Former Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo (
) has shown his optimism toward the relations between his country and Taiwan, saying no matter who is elected as Taiwan's president, relations will not be affected.
Yeo conveyed the sense of optimism while addressing a ceremony marking the launch of his new book, titled: "George Yeo On Bonsai, Banyan and the Tao," in Taipei on Friday.
The relationship between Taiwan and Singapore was formed multilaterally, Yeo said, and Singapore has maintained good ties with both the ruling Kuomintang and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party.
Thanks to those factors, no matter which party wins in Taiwan's upcoming presidential election in January, the result will not have an obvious impact on current Taiwan-Singapore links, said Yeo, who served as foreign minister from August 2004 and May 2011.
Yeo, soon to turn 62 years old, also said that it is important for Taiwan and China to maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait and be friendly toward each other.
The book launch ceremony was attended by many Taiwanese politicians, including former Vice President Vincent Siew, New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu, former Control Yuan President Frederick Chien, Vice Foreign Minister Vanessa Shih, Taipei Forum Foundation Chairman Su Chi, and Hsieh Fa-dah, a former representative of the Republic of China to Singapore.
Yeo's new book, published in English and Chinese, is a compilation of his past speeches and writings. It contains numerous photographs of his personal life and his 23-year tenure in Singaporean politics.