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    INTRODUCTION: At a dinner held in Singapore for the visiting Chinese Premier, Mr.

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    LV Singapore skyline, with harbour and ships

    GV & SV Cargo ship and rice being unloaded into barge (2 shots)

    GV Rice barge hading for Singapore pier (2 shots)

    GV PAN Chinese quarter of city

    SV People in streets and shops and stalls selling fabrics (5 shots)

    GV EXTERIOR Overseas Emporium
    SVs & CUs Furniture, pottery, jade, porcelain and food (6 shots)

    GV & SV Girls working on TV sets for Chinese market (4 shots)

    GV ZOOM TO SV TVs on sale
    GV EXTERIOR Chinese Commercial Representative office (2 shots)

    CU PULL BACK SV Visas being issued (2 shots)

    CU PULL BACK SV Australian businessmen talking to Chinese assistant commercial representative Mr. Wang Xinwen (3 shots)

    Background: INTRODUCTION: At a dinner held in Singapore for the visiting Chinese Premier, Mr. Zhao Xiyang, earlier this year, the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, made a strong speech against communism in South East Asia. But at the same time Singapore is expanding its trade with China and other communist countries.
    SYNOPSIS: The government of Singapore believes that politics and trade are separate entities, an approach which has made this tine country a leader which has made this tiny country a leader in commerce and finance in South East Asia. So while rebuking China on behalf of the Association of South East Asian Nations the Singapore government is quite willing to talk about expanding trade.
    Last year trade between them was worth nearly 1,000 million dollars, although Chinese exports were nearly double those of Singapore. However, China forms only a small part of Singapore's trade --just over two per cent.
    Singapore is the home of a large numbers of people of Chinese descent. But their loyalty is generally acknowledged to be towards Singapore, not China. The country is bilingual, speaking English and Mandarin, the official language of China. Singapore businessmen believe this gives them an advantage over the Cantonese-speaking businessmen of Hong Kong. It also means there is a ready-made market in Singapore for Chinese goods.
    Many of these goods are on display at the Chinese Overseas Emporium. There can be found on sale, Chinese furniture, pottery, jade and lacquer ware. Customers can also but special Chinese herbal medicines and exotic products like ginseng and deer horns which are used for medicinal purposes.
    In return Singapore has been a major supplier of black and white television sets to China. During the past three years China has ordered 50 million dollars worth of these sets. But now orders for televisions have virtually dried up as China builds its own manufacturing industry. However, Singapore and China are planning other trade projects.
    Despite their already strong and expanding commercial links the two countries have not established diplomatic relations -- Singapore has always said it would never do so before Indonesia took that step. But a Chinese trade representatives' office has been opened in Singapore and a similar office for Singapore is being set up in China's capital Beijing. The Chinese trade office also undertakes consular work such as issuing visas for entering China. It also provides a place where Western businessmen, like these Australians, can meet the Chinese assistant commercial representative, Mr. Wang Xinwen, to discuss expanding trade between their countries.
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