On the afternoon of 16th July, at the Singapore China Cultural Centre, Yuan Jiajun along with others witnessed the launch of the “Embarking on a New Journey: Chongqing-Singapore Two-Way Tourism Hub” program. Photo by Su Si, Vision Chongqing.
The convergence of Chongqing’s scenic beauty and Singapore’s urban charm forms a remarkable fusion spanning vast distances. On the afternoon of 16th July, “Chongqing Week in Singapore” grandly opened at the Singapore China Cultural Centre, with the two cities joining hands to create a Chongqing-Singapore connection and co-write a new chapter of cooperation for the new era. Yuan Jiajun, Secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee, announced the opening of “Chongqing Week in Singapore.”
Lin Mingliang, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore; Sun Haiyan, the Chinese Ambassador to Singapore; Chen Mingbo, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee and Executive Vice Mayor; Guo Yezhou, Deputy Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee; and Luo Lin, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee and Secretary of the Party Working Committee of the Liangjiang New Area, attended the event.
At the Singapore China Cultural Centre, representatives from the business and cultural sectors of Chongqing and Singapore gathered together to participate in this exchange and cooperation event, discussing future development together. At the event venue, Chongqing artists performed folk songs such as “The Sun Rises Joyfully” and “Di Tanjung Katong,” with their moving melodies interweaving and resonating, showcasing the unique local cultures of the two cities.
Yuan Jiajun and others witnessed the launch of the “Embarking on a New Journey: Chongqing-Singapore Two-Way Tourism Hub” program. Yuan Jiajun announced the opening of “Chongqing Week in Singapore.”
Event brings enjoyment to the audience members. Photo by Su Si, Vision Chongqing.
Chen Mingbo stated in his speech that Chongqing and Singapore have a long history of cooperation and friendship. Chongqing is actively implementing the principles of the 19th CPC National Congress, seizing the opportunities presented by national strategies such as China’s Western Development Strategy, the construction of the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle, and the construction of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor. Chongqing aims to be a key growth engine and driving force for China’s high-quality development, while building a modern and progressive Chongqing. In the future, exchanges and interactions between Chongqing and Singapore across various fields will increase in frequency, expand in scope, and hold even greater promise. We are committed to collaborating with Singapore, leveraging the “Chongqing Week in Singapore” event as an opportunity to further advance the China-Singapore Connectivity project with excellence. We aim to explore diverse areas of cooperation, establish ourselves as a benchmark and leader in projects, and foster a new era of collaboration between Chongqing and Singapore, as well as between western China and ASEAN countries.
Lin Mingliang highlighted that the cooperation between Singapore and Chongqing is a testament to the comprehensive, high-quality, and forward-looking partnership between China and Singapore. The China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity is a cornerstone cooperation project proposed by Singapore and Chongqing. By fostering collaboration in the key sectors of financial services, aviation industry, transportation and logistics, and information communication, Singapore has strengthened connectivity not only between Singapore and Chongqing but also between Southeast Asia and western China. At the same time, the China-Singapore connectivity project has also created conditions for cooperation in areas such as agricultural and food trade, green economy, healthcare, and tourism. Chongqing, a city surrounded by mountains and rivers, seamlessly blends a rich historical and cultural heritage with its modern metropolis. The diverse range of activities during “Chongqing Week in Singapore” aims to showcase the distinctive culture of Chongqing, inviting everyone to experience the captivating charm it holds.
Sun Haiyan stated that in March this year, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong jointly announced the establishment of a comprehensive, high-quality and forward-looking partnership between China and Singapore. Each of these three aspects carries rich connotations and requires in-depth thinking and exploration by both countries to expand emerging areas and uncover new possibilities in traditional areas for the new era. Singapore is a successful example of the construction and development of an international city. Chongqing has developed a distinctive urban style, humanistic landscape, and cultural charm. The activities of Chongqing Week play a crucial role in enhancing Chongqing’s international image and influence, allowing everyone to witness the city’s beauty. Through the display of Chongqing’s charm, more and more people can gain an understanding of the city, connect with its soul, and contribute to its improvement. This, in turn, supports the construction of a modern new Chongqing and provides assistance for the development of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor.
Chongqing artists deliver captivating performances at the event. Photo by Su Si, Vision Chongqing.
Before the opening ceremony, Yuan Jiajun and others visited the Chongqing Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition at “Chongqing Week in Singapore.” Inside the exhibition hall, there were splendid displays of intangible cultural heritage items such as Liangping woodblock New Year prints, Huangyang woodcarving crafts, and Youzhou Miao embroidery, as well as a dazzling array of creative products such as Dazu stone carvings, wax-dyed products, and Xia inkstones, attracting the attention of Singaporeans. Yuan Jiajun and others leisurely explored, taking pauses to interact with inheritors of intangible cultural heritage.
After the opening ceremony, Chongqing and Singapore jointly held a Chongqing-Singapore tourism promotion event. During the event, performances such as Erhu solo “Ants,” Chinese music trio “Horse Racing,” and male-female trio “Song of the Yangtze River” were full of rich Chongqing regional characteristics, and all kinds of tourism and cultural promotions comprehensively displayed the rich tourism resources of Chongqing.
“Chongqing Week in Singapore” is co-hosted by the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government and the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore, and the event will continue until the 19th of this month. During this period, there will be extensive business cooperation, cultural exchanges, observation, and experiential activities between the two countries. A series of exchange events will also take place, including “Bringing Chongqing’s Traditional Chinese Medicine to Singapore”, the Chongqing-Singapore Business Exchange Conference and Western Chongqing Integrated Development Promotion Event, and “Bringing Chongqing’s Iconic Flavours to Singapore”. These activities are intended to foster broader connectivity, continually elevate the level of cooperation between the two countries, and offer support for the development of a modern, new Chongqing.
Representatives from the Chinese Embassy in Singapore, the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board, and Enterprise Singapore, as well as officials from relevant departments in Chongqing, participating enterprises, Chinese-funded institutions in Singapore, and members of the Singapore tourism industry association and related enterprises took part in the event.
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