By Glenda Chong | Posted: 21 August 2010 1447 hrs
The President, accompanied by Mrs Nathan, was given a tour of the Singapore Pavilion and met Singaporean students studying in Shanghai.
President Nathan encouraged the Singaporeans living in Shanghai to continue exploring opportunities overseas but to remain connected with their home state.
“Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I encourage you, who are in China, to stay connected with one another as well as with home. Above all, learn from China and give the Chinese people all your support as they endeavour to reach even greater heights,” said President Nathan.
A perfect example of this is Mr ET Tan, who has been living in Shanghai for over five years.
“First of all, my family is still in Singapore, my life and stake is all back home. I’ve worked here for five years and noticed that working in a multi-national company, we basically add values working, with the Chinese in the same company,” said Tan, director of Ventures & Business Development at Dow Chemical (China).
Earlier in the day, Mr Nathan visited the World Expo and was shown the pavilion’s roof garden and the special orchid nurtured especially for the Expo.
He even tried his driving skills at the 3D F1 racing game – which is turning out to be one of the most popular attractions at the Singapore Pavilion.
At the Thai pavilion, Mr Nathan was treated to a modern Thai performance and taken on a journey of Thailand’s history to modernity and sustainable development.
At the German Pavilion, Mr Nathan was shown how Germany balances modernization with urbanization.