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State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan of Singapore
2018-04-09 10:50

On April 8, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan of Singapore in Beijing.

Wang Yi expressed that China-Singapore relations enjoy a sound development momentum. China welcomes Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to attend the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference in China and pay a working visit to China.

Wang Yi said that the BFA Annual Conference is of special and important significance, as it coincides with the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up. President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the Annual Conference and deliver an important speech, comprehensively summing up the historic achievements made during the 40 years of reform and opening up. China will further open its door in accordance with the established timetable and roadmap to share opportunities brought by its development with various countries in the world.

Wang Yi introduced China's principled stand against the trade friction between China and the United States (US) which was unilaterally provoked by the US, and stressed that both China and Singapore are the beneficiaries and defenders of the free trade system. Both sides should join hands in dealing with the rise of protectionism and safeguard the global trade system with the World Trade Organization as the core.

Regarding the China-Singapore relations, Wang Yi suggested that both sides could deepen cooperation under the "Belt and Road" framework and well build the three platforms of connectivity, financial support and trilateral cooperation. In particular, the two sides should well create the new highlight of the Southern Transport Corridor and inject fresh vitality into bilateral relations and regional cooperation, so as to achieve mutual benefit, win-win results and common development.

Vivian Balakrishnan agreed with Wang Yi's evaluation and vision on Singapore-China relations and expressed that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is full of expectation for this visit to China. It is believed that with the joint efforts of both sides, this visit will definitely boost greater development of bilateral relations and relations between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China.

Vivian Balakrishnan expressed that over the past 40 years, great achievements have been made in the cause of China's reform and opening up. Singapore expects and believes that the speech delivered by President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony of the BFA Annual Conference will boost the confidence of the international community in economic globalization and trade liberalization. Singapore opposes the practice of trade protectionism, and hopes that the global free trade system will be maintained earnestly, so as to promote the world economy for the development in a more open environment.

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