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Bridge between 2 nations

For several decades, Tao Shing Pee has been a vital link between the business worlds of Singapore and China.

Mr Tao's goal is to help educate a core group of entrepreneurs who will start small businesses in China's rural regions. His hope is that they can then organise their various enterprises into a "cartel" that can eventually be publicly listed.

AT the age of 98, China-born businessman Tao Shing Pee has the keenness of a far younger man, but the manners of an old world gentleman.

He rises from his seat to greet you personally at his sprawling penthouse apartment in a complex built by his property business, Shing Kwan Group.