Sin­ga­pore min­is­ter op­ti­mistic about ROC-Sin­ga­pore bonds

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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