Lee Kuan Yew (left) welcomes then Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping to Singapore in 1978. Lee was recognised for leading Singapore to “deeply engage” in China’s reform and opening. Photo: Xinhua

Lee Kuan Yew among foreigners honoured for helping China to open up

  • China recognises statesmen, engineers, entrepreneurs and diplomats whose skills played a vital part in reforming economy and elevating country to powerhouse status
Topic |   40 years of reform and opening up

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Lee Kuan Yew (left) welcomes then Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping to Singapore in 1978. Lee was recognised for leading Singapore to “deeply engage” in China’s reform and opening. Photo: Xinhua
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.