ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
New Singapore cabinet leaders for eco-city
But analysts are hopeful that the transition will be smooth, as the incoming men have strong experience in China. Besides, they say, the multi-billion-dollar joint project is based on mutual interest rather than individual ties.
The retirement of several Singapore ministers affects many of the key leaders overseeing the project to build an eco-friendly town that will eventually house green businesses and housing for some 350,000 residents.
They include outgoing Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan, who played key roles in helming it since its inception in 2007; and outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng, who will relinquish his position as co-chairman of the Joint Steering Council for the Eco-City.
Another key figure, Senior Minister of State Grace Fu, will also be leaving the Ministry of National Development (MND) - which has been in charge of the flagship bilateral project - for other portfolios.
These leaders had built up ties with Chinese officials over the past three years while working on the 30 square kilometer green city, which is expected to welcome its first residents this year.
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