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China, Singapore to further promote cooperation

Staff writer |
China and Singapore pledged to further promote substantial cooperation between the two sides, as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam during his two-day visit to the city state.

The Chinese foreign minister conveyed China's warm congratulations to Singapore as the latter celebrates its 50th year of independence this weekend. The spirit of Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has been passed on to Singaporean leaders and its people, and China believes that Singapore will create a brighter future, he told the Singaporean prime minister.

"China-Singapore cooperation has always been forward-looking and pace-setting," and has always been a spearhead among China's relationships with countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Wang said. As this year marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Singapore, he said new opportunities have emerged in the development of bilateral ties.

China is willing to cooperate with Singapore to implement the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries to explore and open up new areas of cooperation, the minister said.

Lee Hsien Loong said China-Singapore cooperation has been highly effective, and expressed hope that the two countries maintain the good momentum of bilateral ties and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields.

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