|Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan of Singapore|
On November 20, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan of Singapore during his attendance at the Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Wang Yi expressed that with joint efforts of China and Singapore, this year has witnessed sound development of bilateral relations. China is willing to accelerate the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and jointly build three platforms of connectivity, financial support and trilateral cooperation with Singapore in a bid to improve the level of practical cooperation in various fields between the two countries. As the country coordinator for China-ASEAN relations, Singapore has played an important part in deepening China-ASEAN cooperation, properly handling the South China Sea issue and pushing for the success of the series of leaders' meetings on East Asia cooperation, for which China appreciates.
Wang Yi pointed out that Singapore will take the rotating presidency of ASEAN in 2018, and China supports Singapore in fulfilling its duties. China appreciates ASEAN's active response to the 2030 vision for China-ASEAN strategic partnership put forward and formulated by China. As a guiding document for the development of bilateral relations in the future, it should integrate with ASEAN Community Vision 2025 as well as echo with 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the UN while injecting fresh impetus to the joint construction of the Belt and Road between China and ASEAN.
Wang Yi expressed that China is willing to work with ASEAN countries to promote the substantive consultations on the text of the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea on the basis of mutual respect and equal consultation and continuously enhance mutual trust between various countries through consultation, so as to well safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea.
Vivian Balakrishnan said the two countries have no prominent contradictions and differences or major conflicts of interests, but share broad prospects for cooperation. Singapore is ready to work with China to jointly build three platforms of connectivity, financial support and trilateral cooperation, and speed up the process of negotiations on bilateral free trade agreement, in a bid to bring bilateral exchanges and cooperation in all fields to new highs. At the moment, ASEAN-China relations have enjoyed smooth development and a series of important documents have been adopted at the series of leaders' meetings on East Asia cooperation not long ago. Singapore is willing to play an active role as the ASEAN's rotating presidency in 2018 to push the implementation of various cooperation and boost the development of bilateral relations. Singapore believes that the consultation on the COC itself is a process of enhancing trust. The ASEAN countries stand ready to make joint efforts with China to consolidate the stable and sound momentum of the current situation in the South China Sea.