China, Sin­ga­pore to sup­port each other

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - XI'S VISIT -

sum­mit by the host, Ger­many, as a part­ner to the G20 process.

Cur­rently China is the largest trade part­ner of Sin­ga­pore, and Sin­ga­pore has be­come one of China’s top 10 trade part­ners.

Xi cited con­struc­tion, trade, in­vest­ment and fi­nance as ar­eas in which the two coun­tries should deepen co­op­er­a­tion, adding that they should also work to­gether on cy­berspace and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Lee said Sin­ga­pore will con­tinue sup­port­ing and par­tici- pat­ing in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and would im­ple­ment ma­jor projects be­tween the two gov­ern­ments. Sin­ga­pore also will ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion in ar­eas in­clud­ing fi­nance, high-speed rail­ways and free-trade zone con­struc­tion, Lee added.

China is not only Sin­ga­pore’s largest des­ti­na­tion for out­bound in­vest­ment but also Sin­ga­pore’s largest source of for­eign vis­i­tors.

Last month, the two sides held their third round of ne­go­ti­a­tions on up­grad­ing free trade zone co­op­er­a­tion.

Xi said the two na­tions have a tra­di­tional friend­ship, have seen fruit­ful out­comes from their co­op­er­a­tion and have learned from each other.

Xi said they should boost bi­lat­eral ex­change pro­grams in­volv­ing teenagers and col­lege stu­dents. They should also in­crease vis­its by cit­i­zens and en­hance pub­lic opin­ion about each other, he added.

Xi said they should en­hance co­or­di­na­tion within mul­ti­lat­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as the United Na­tions, the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion group and the G20, to im­prove global gov­er­nance.

This year, Sin­ga­pore is co­or­di­na­tor of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions, and Sin­ga­pore will as­sume ASEAN’s pres­i­dency next year.

Xi said China sup­ports Sing- apore’s work, and be­lieves that Sin­ga­pore will help im­prove China-ASEAN prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion, jointly nav­i­gate the re­gional in­te­gra­tion process and build up the Chi­naASEAN com­mu­nity of shared des­tiny.

Lee said Sin­ga­pore would like to play a pos­i­tive role in pro­mot­ing China-ASEAN re­la­tions.

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