Xi says China, Singapore share same philosophy, interests on multilateralism
Updated 22:03, 15-Oct-2021
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Boao, south China's Hainan Province, April 10, 2018. /Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Boao, south China's Hainan Province, April 10, 2018. /Xinhua

China and Singapore share the same philosophy of and interests in upholding multilateralism and achieving common development, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a phone conversation with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday.

As partners, China and Singapore enjoy political understanding and trust in each other, and their cooperation and mutual help in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic have showcased the vitality and resilience of the bilateral relationship, Xi said.

Noting that the two countries are at a new historical starting point in terms of economic and social development and bilateral relations, Xi said China and Singapore should prioritize the well-being of the two peoples and the prosperity of the region and work together on the new subject of post-pandemic development and deliver answers that satisfy their peoples.

He said China is ready to maintain high-level contacts and strategic communication with Singapore and welcomes it to take part in China's building of a new development pattern.

China is also willing to strengthen multilateral cooperation with the Singaporean side, jointly build a global community of development with a shared future, and advance the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership to take effect as scheduled to inject vitality to economic recovery of the region and the world at large, he said.

Nothing that this year marks the 30th anniversary of dialogue relations between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China, Xi added that China will work together with Singapore and other ASEAN members to promote a closer China-ASEAN community with a shared future.

Lee said China's application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) would be conducive to the prosperity and development of the region and Singapore welcomed it.

He said Singapore-China relations have always maintained a good momentum despite changes in the international landscape, and the Singaporean side hopes to maintain exchanges with China and to boost pragmatic cooperation on digital economy, green development, green finance, climate change and other fields.

Singapore is also ready to work with China to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the dialogue relations between ASEAN and China relations and promote more substantive results in ASEAN-China to better benefit the people in the region.

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