31 Mar '12, 10am

Lim Swee Say urges students to take greater interest in Chinese

Lim Swee Say urges students to take greater interest in Chinese

SINGAPORE: Having a good command of Chinese is increasingly important in an environment where the use of Chinese becomes more pervasive. Speaking to students at a forum, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Lim Swee Say urged them to take a greater interest in Chinese. The future of the world may not necessarily be China-centric, but Mr Lim said China will be a part of the future, adding that China's growing influence should not be ignored. Fielding questions in English and Mandarin, Mr Lim dished out practical advice on how to work with the Chinese. Mr Lim said: "Try not to impress the Chinese that you can be as Chinese, or even more Chinese than them. There are 1.3 billion China Chinese, so they don't need another one more. For example, I've seen some Singaporeans going to China try to impress the Chinese when they're using their language, their knowledge about China...

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