Chan Heng Chee

Chan Heng Chee

Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large

Professor Chan Heng Chee is an ambassador-at-large with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Among various other appointments, she is also chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and chairman of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies–Yusof Ishak Institute. Previously, she was Singapore’s ambassador to the US (1996–2012) and Singapore’s permanent representative to the UN (1989–1991) with concurrent accreditation as high commissioner to Canada and ambassador to Mexico.


People walk past a neighbourhood decorated with Singapore flags in Singapore. (SPH Media)

Chan Heng Chee: Small state in a turbulent world

Chan Heng Chee, ambassador-at-large and professor at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design, delivered a speech at the Reinventing Destiny conference on 14 August, held in commemoration of the 100th birth year anniversary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding prime minister. She spoke about how strengthening Singapore as a nation and being part of an inclusive regional grouping like ASEAN could help the city state better survive these divisive and conflictual times. Here is the edited transcript of her speech.
Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large Chan Heng Chee. (SPH)

Ambassador Chan Heng Chee: The future of Singapore-China strategic collaboration

Professor Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large and Singapore’s former ambassador to the US, addressed the Lianhe Zaobao Singapore-China Forum on 4 December via Zoom. She said that there is still much that Singapore and China can work together on, such as in tightening the nuts and bolts of the recently signed RCEP, enhancing the ASEAN-China FTA, exchanging views on the CPTPP and WTO reform, and facilitating cooperation in the digital sector.