Sunday, 29 March 2015

Reflection about Suzhou Industrial Park

From the establishment of Suzhou Industrial Park, I have learnt that in that point of time the Chinese were very unwelcome to foreign investment as shown when Singapore held the majority of the shares, the Chinese government did not push for the project to continue on but instead did a half-assed job on it. The government also copied totally the architectural blueprints of the Suzhou Industrial Park and used it to establish the Suzhou New District that was just beside the Suzhou Industrial Park. The government did not take the agreement that they have signed seriously.

In my point of view, I think that Mr Lee Kuan Yew was a charismatic leader. Since Singapore grew to a first-world metropolis in a generation's time, many countries wanted to learn from Singapore, or more specifically the Prime Minister of that time, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Lee Kuan Yew was also keen to expand Singapore's range of business, hence he travelled all the way to China to meet Mr Deng Xiao Ping to talk about this matter. China was still a closed-up countries at that point in time, so it was very hard to persuade China to let a Singaporean company build their businesses in China. But Mr Lee Kuan Yew still succeeded to do it with his amazing persuasion skills. Thus, I think that Mr Lee Kuan Yew did many things for Singapore and I really respect him.

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