SINGAPORE PM MEETS CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTER

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met visiting Chinese Defence Minister and State Councilor Chang Wanquan here Wednesday, telling him that Singapore attached importance to China’s role in both regional and global affairs, firmly adhered to the one-China principle, and supported and participated in the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China in 2013.

Lee added that Singapore, by assuming the role of the ASEAN-China co-ordinating country and the rotating presidency of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) in 2018, would further promote relationship between Asean and China.

Chang noted that China-Singapore relations had witnessed all-around and in-depth development.

According to him, the Chinese side was willing to work with the Singaporean side to expand co-operation on national security and defence and strengthen political mutual trust, so as to push forward their all-round co-operative partnership progressing with the times and elevate the China-ASEAN strategic partnership to a new height.

Chang was on an official visit to Singapore. During his stay, the Chinese minister met Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Monday and took part in the 8th China-ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Informal Meeting on Tuesday.

Source: NAM News Network

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