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Singapore PM meets visiting Chinese foreign minister

2012-05-29 02:24:41 GMT2012-05-29 10:24:41(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) meets with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Singapore on May 28, 2012. (Xinhua/Then Chih Wey)

SINGAPORE, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday to discuss bilateral relations and regional cooperation.

Lee said that Singapore attached great importance to developing its relations with China and that he was happy with the constant progress achieved by both countries in cooperation in various fields.

The Singapore prime minister said he saw the potential in the Chinese economy to achieve further sustained fast growth and expected it to be more vital in the future.

It is necessary for the two countries to boost the efforts to share their experience and extend their cooperation, and to work together creatively to find solutions for future global challenges, he said.

Singapore thinks highly of China's efforts to boost its cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) , and it is willing to work together with China to promote regional cooperation and development, he said.

Yang said that the relation between the two important partner countries is growing fast.

The leaders of the two nations over the generations have attached great significance to the bilateral relations and tried to learn from the experience of each other. They achieved mutual benefit that results in win-win outcome by promoting bilateral cooperation that fits well with the respective conditions, strengths and development strategies of the two countries, Yang said.

The Suzhou Industrial Park and the Tianjin Eco-City, both major cooperation projects between the two countries, have been playing exemplary roles in the region, Yang said.

The foreign minister said China is willing to make efforts together with Singapore to promote bilateral mutual trust in politics and security and mutual benefit in trade and economy, and draw on the experience of each other in facilitating social and cultural development.

The Chinese side extended an invitation for Lee to visit China at a convenient time.

Yang also said he saw significant momentum in the development of East Asian regional cooperation, citing the progress in mechanisms such as the integration within ASEAN, the ASEAN+1 cooperation that involves the 10-member bloc and its dialogue partners, the ASEAN+3 mechanism that involves China, Japan and South Korea, the cooperation between China, Japan and South Korea, as well as the East Asian Summit.

Constant progress is being achieved in practical regional cooperation in trade, economy and finance, social and cultural fields as well as energy and environment protection, he said.

China looks forward to work together with the ASEAN member nations, including Singapore, to find new areas of cooperation and growth to drive the development of East Asia, Yang said.

Yang arrived in Singapore on Monday for a two-day official visit. He also met with Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean, and Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam on Monday.

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