|Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore|
On April 10, 2018, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore at Boao State Guesthouse in Hainan Province.
Xi Jinping pointed out that the development of China-Singapore relations is closely linked with China’s reform and opening up. At present, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, and Singapore has been implementing the strategies for Singapore’s economic development in the future. Both sides should make new strategic plans and top-level designs for bilateral relations and practical cooperation combining with new situations and new features. Both sides should push forward inter-governmental cooperation in major projects, strengthen cooperation within the “Belt and Road” framework, continue well forging the Southern Transport Corridor jointly built by the two countries, and better link the “Belt” and the “Road”. The Chinese side is willing to enhance communication and coordination with countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) including Singapore, so as to realize the better integration between the “Belt and Road” initiative and the development plans of the ASEAN, and build an even closer China-ASEAN community of shared future. It is hoped that Singapore could play a positive and constructive role.
Lee Hsien Loong expressed that Singapore supports the international system which is based on international rules, and proposes to tackle global issues and challenges through international cooperation. Countries should deal with relations between each other in a peaceful and constructive manner. The policies announced at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and the just-concluded Two Sessions of China embody China’s forward-looking plans for its own development, and the support for the international system. At present, Singapore-China cooperation has been keeping up with the times and increasingly deepened. Singapore is committed to deepening Singapore-China relations, and advancing bilateral cooperation in major projects and under the “Belt and Road” framework. Singapore supports the enhancement of ASEAN-China relations.
Ding Xuexiang, Liu He, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the meeting.