2017 Recipients

Chen Deming

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Excellence Award

Dr Chen Deming Standing Committee Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference
President, Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS)
Former Minister for Commerce, People’s Republic of China

In the early years of Singapore-China diplomatic relations, Dr Chen Deming played a major role in establishing the first connections between Singapore and China. Throughout his eminent political career, Dr Chen has been a consistent friend of Singapore, and expanded the sphere of collaboration between the two countries, regularly providing insights and exchanging views with Singapore’s political leaders. He played a pivotal role in Singapore and China’s first government-to-government project, Suzhou Industrial Park, and subsequently championed the Singapore-China Free Trade Agreement. He went on to position Singapore as a strategic hub that Chinese enterprises could leverage on in the process of internationalisation, further enhancing the business links between both countries. Dr Chen’s interest to see Sino-Singapore relations in good order and his contributions to it are rivalled by few.

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Lien Fellowship

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Enterprise Award

Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship

Since its inception in 2007, the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship administered by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, has been committed to strengthening Singapore-China bilateral relations by bringing Lien fellows from both nations together through its high-level exchange programme to exchange insights and share knowledge. With a belief that academia generates positive change, the Fellowship empowers its fellows to formulate and present recommendations, on addressing policy and governance issues in China and Singapore. It also seeks to promote mutual understanding in both countries through forums, conferences and public lectures, where the fellows present findings and share expertise. The Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship’s efforts in facilitating academic and cultural exchanges between Singapore and China through the cultivation of people-to-people ties and its contributions to the betterment of both nations are most praiseworthy.

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Lee Chee Koon

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Young Achiever Award

Lee Chee Koon Chief Executive Officer, The Ascott Limited (Ascott)

Mr Lee Chee Koon joined CapitaLand in 2007 and was appointed Managing Director of Ascott China in 2009, before becoming Ascott’s CEO in 2013. Ascott’s serviced apartments in China have quadrupled from 5,000 in 2009 to 19,000 today. Mr Lee has been an innovative leader, injecting new vigour as he navigated partnerships and tried out novel ideas, often empowering his team to seize first-mover advantage to accelerate Ascott’s growth. This includes Ascott’s partnership with China’s leading new economy leaders and the launch of new concepts for millennials. With Mr Lee’s belief that one has to do good in order to do well, Ascott has driven many community projects benefitting underprivileged children in China. Mr Lee is open in sharing his knowledge with Singaporeans, and gains business insights from leaders of corporations and start-ups. Ascott’s significant contributions to China through his astute vision and exemplary leadership are inspiration to Singaporeans looking to venture into China.

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Key Dates

  • 15 Apr 2021 Calling for Nominations
  • 9 June 2021 Nominations Close
  • Jun - Oct 2021 Judging
  • 8 Nov 2021 Awards Ceremony



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