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Oct 16, 2021 06:15 PM
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President Xi, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Discuss Jointly Boosting Economic Recovery

President Xi Jinping meets with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November 2014. Photo: Pang Xinglei/Xinhua
President Xi Jinping meets with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November 2014. Photo: Pang Xinglei/Xinhua

(The Straits Times) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on the phone on Friday, in which the two leaders discussed ways to jointly boost economic recovery.

In a readout by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Lee and Mr Xi talked about a host of issues that both countries can work together on, such as cross-border and supply chain connectivity, trade and investment, smart cities and climate change.

They also said there should be more collaboration in newer areas such as the green economy and the digital economy.

The two leaders reaffirmed the strong ties between Singapore and China, and the benefits reaped from bilateral cooperation even under trying conditions because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The two countries have three official projects — in Suzhou, Tianjin and Chongqing.

Lee and Xi last spoke in July last year, when the Chinese leader called to congratulate Lee on the result of the Singapore general election.

In a readout by China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency on Friday, Xi said Singapore and China, as close neighbors and partners, have helped each other overcome difficulties in the face of the pandemic, a sign of the relationship's resilience.

He added that China is ready to maintain high-level exchanges with Singapore, resume the flow of travelers between the two countries safely and collaborate on vaccine and drug research and development.

The leaders also discussed regional and international developments, and spoke of the strong ties between China and ASEAN on the 30th year of establishing dialogue relations.

China and Singapore will meet later this year for the 17th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation summit, the highest-level exchange on primarily economic cooperation.

This story was first published in The Straits Times.

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