PM shares views on 3rd govt-to-govt project with China

PM shares views on 3rd govt-to-govt project with China
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday exchanged views with China’s Executive Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli on Beijing’s proposal for a third government-to-government project.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday met senior Chinese leaders in Nanning to discuss areas of Sino-Singapore collaboration ahead of the 11th annual China- ASEAN Expo.

Singapore is the country of honour at this year's expo.

Mr Lee exchanged views with Executive Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli on China's proposal for a third government-to-government project in the western region, said a statement from the Prime Minister's press secretary.

Mr Lee had earlier told Guangdong's Nanfang Daily that the project must fit in with China's priorities, be fully supported by the local authorities, and commercially viable.

Mr Zhang co-chairs the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) with Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. It is the highest platform for bilateral exchange between the two countries.

The JCBC will meet later this year in coastal Suzhou city to mark the 20th anniversary of the Suzhou Industrial Park, the first bilateral flagship project.

The proposed third government-to-government project will likely figure on the JCBC agenda as well.

The two leaders yesterday also discussed the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Singapore-China diplomatic relations next year, including the exchange of state visits by President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

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