SINGAPORE, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Singapore's Minister
of Foreign Affairs George Yeo Monday reiterated the city state's adherence to
its one-China policy.
"From the very beginning, we have had a one-China
policy which reflected the historical feelings of the Singapore people and the
role they played in the Chinese revolution," Yeo said at a seminar held here to
celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Tong Meng Hui (United League).
Yeo noted that Singapore closely watches the
cross-strait developments and welcomes the close interactions between the
Chinese mainland and Taiwan.
The Kuomintang (KMT) Party of China Honorary Chairman
Lien Chan and Dr. Sun Yat-sen's granddaughter Lily Sun attended the seminar.
In retrospect, Yeo said that Singapore was a major
center of the Chinese republican movement in Southeast Asia in the first half of
the twentieth century and that every major event in China had its reflection
here during that time.
"This 100th anniversary of the establishment of the
Tong Meng Hui in Singapore reminds us of our historical and ethnic ties with the
(Chinese) mainland, Taiwan and the large Chinese diaspora across the globe. More
importantly, it reminds us of an era of great change and turbulence in Asia
which brought so much suffering to the peoples of this region," he noted.
He added that, as the 21st century holds much promise
for China and for the entire Asian region, Singapore will do its utmost, both on
its own and in concert with other powers, to maintain peace in Asia.
The Southeast Asian headquarters of the Tong Meng Hui
was established in 1906 in Singapore at Wangqingyuan, which is now the Sun
Yat-sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. Enditem