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Li Keqiang Meets with Singaporean Prime Minister
2008/10/23

On October 23, 2008, Vice Premier Li Keqiang, also member of the Standing Committee of the CCCPC Political Bureau, met at the Great Hall of the People with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is here for a visit and to attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit.

Li said China and Singapore are friendly neighbors. With the joint efforts of both sides, bilateral ties have achieved substantial development. The two countries have become each other’s important cooperative partner in the region. The signing of the China-Singapore free trade agreement (FTA) marked that bilateral economic and trade relations have entered a new stage. The Chinese government attaches great importance to ties with Singapore and is ready to explore new areas and ways of cooperation with Singapore and learn from each other’s development experience to push forward bilateral ties.

Li pointed out that in face of the current turbulent global economic and financial situation, the international community should further strengthen consultations and dialogue and take effective measures to jointly promote global financial stability and sound economic growth. China will endeavor to maintain the steady, rapid growth of its domestic economy to contribute to the world economic stability.

Lee Hsien Loong spoke highly of China-Singapore relations, hailing the broad, in-depth exchanges and cooperation in all areas. He expressed pleasure with the signing of the FTA, expressing his country’s willingness to closely follow and participate in China’s development and push forward bilateral friendly cooperation of mutual benefit.

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