When US noticed the ‘little country that could’

Sunday, 1 July 2012

The Sunday Times (Think, Page 40)

Prof Chan receiving the inaugural Asia Society Diplomatic Achievement Award for her contributions to promoting US-Asia relations, with US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell and Asia Society president Vishakha Desai at a recent Asia Society awards dinner in Washington


This was an interview with Singapore’s outgoing Ambassador to the United States Professor Chan Heng Chee, who recounted her 16 years of diplomatic office in Washington and her role in strengthening Singapore-US relations. Prof Chan, an alumni and a faculty member of FASS and also a NUS Board of Trustees member, was frequently sought for her views on Asian affairs, known for her rapport with high-level US officials and diplomats and her support of charitable and cultural causes. Upon her return to Singapore, Prof Chan will be Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She will also be the Executive Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at SUTD.

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