By G9ija

Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday told Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that the long-standing China-Singapore relation has become an important stabilizing factor in the region. 

During their meeting, Wang conveyed greetings from the Chinese leaders to Singapore’s prime minister.

Hailing the momentum of development of bilateral ties over the past 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Wang said it has benefited from the strategic leadership of the leaders of the two countries, the joint efforts of people from all walks of life in both countries and the fact that the Singapore’s side has always viewed China’s development objectively and rationally. 

He highlighted that Singapore is adept at finding cooperation opportunities from China’s development and striving for win-win prospects. 

The China-Singapore all-around cooperative partnership is aptly positioned to keep pace with the times, Wang said.

 

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) holds talks with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Istana, Singapore, September 14, 2021. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) holds talks with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Istana, Singapore, September 14, 2021. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

Lee, for his part, affirmed the fruitful cooperation results achieved between the two countries, saying Singapore hopes that the bilateral ties will further develop to create a new era. 

Over the past 30 years, ASEAN-China relations have been enhanced on all fronts, which is in the fundamental interests of both sides and has contributed to regional stability, openness and cooperation, Lee said.

The prime minister also welcomed China’s continued contribution to the world and said he hoped all parties will interact positively with China and work together to build a global village in the era of globalization. 

Wang on Monday met Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan.  

Singapore is Wang’s third stop in a tour of the region that has already taken in Cambodia and Vietnam.