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Wang Yi Meets with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore
2018-08-03

On August 3, 2018, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Prime Minister's Office.

Wang Yi conveyed the greetings from the Chinese leaders to Lee Hsien Loong, and said that this year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up, as well as the 40th anniversary of Mr. Deng Xiaoping's visit to Singapore. It is an important year for China's development and China-Singapore relations to inherit the past and usher the future. The Chinese side stands ready to, together with the Singaporean side, continue to intensify high-level exchanges, continuously deepen cooperation in major projects and important areas in the process of the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, speed up the advancement of the construction of the Southern Transport Corridor, and implement third-party cooperation.

Wang Yi expressed that Singapore has found a successful development path with Singaporean characteristics, and China has also embarked on a successful path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. 2000 years ago, China already upheld the rule by virtue rather than rule by force, and advocated the principle of putting people first and building a harmonious world. China, based on its own history and cultural traditions, will continue to follow the path of peaceful development and stick to the opening up strategy featuring mutual benefit and win-win results. The world today is undergoing unprecedented changes in a century, with surging populism and unilateralism in some countries. Lessons drawn from history are right before our eyes. As responsible countries, China and Singapore should join hands with other countries to shoulder due responsibilities, firmly support multilateralism, steadfastly maintain international rules and multilateral trading system, determinedly promote the building of an open world economy, and unswervingly safeguard world peace and development.

Lee Hsien Loong asked Wang Yi to convey warm greetings to the Chinese leaders, and expressed that the world today is indeed faced with numerous major threats and challenges. The two countries should strengthen international cooperation with openness and inclusiveness and adapt to the uncertainty and instability in the development of situation, which hold the key to maintaining the enduring peace and development in the region and the world at large. Featuring continuity and stability, China's political system can play an important constructive role in improving global governance and safeguarding the international order. The Singaporean side understands the stance and measures taken by the Chinese side for the purpose of protecting its own legitimate rights and interests and international rules under the current circumstances, and also encourages and supports China in continuously expanding its reform and opening up. The Singaporean side adheres to multilateralism, supports the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, and hopes to further deepen Singapore-China relations. The Singaporean side is willing to make joint efforts with the Chinese side to speed up the advancement of major cooperation projects, including the Southern Transport Corridor and third-party cooperation.

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