Singapore's Foreign Minister reiterates one-China policy 2006-06-12 13:10:31

    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

Editor: Ling Zhu
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