China's National Day: S'pore leaders note warm ties

China's National Day: S'pore leaders note warm ties

CHINA has undergone "dramatic transformation" over the past decades, President Tony Tan Keng Yam has said in a congratulatory message to Chinese President Xi Jinping, on the occasion of China's 64th National Day on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has also written to congratulate Premier Li Keqiang on the occasion.

Dr Tan, noting that China is now the world's second largest economy and also a major player on the international stage, expressed confidence that under Mr Xi's "wise leadership", the country "will continue to prosper, grow and realise the Chinese Dream".

"Singapore and China share a warm friendship that is underpinned by frequent high-level exchanges, robust economic cooperation and close people-to-people links," Dr Tan said, adding that he is confident the two sides "will leverage on this positive momentum and take our relations to greater heights".

Mr Lee, in his letter to Mr Li, said: "I am confident that under your leadership, China will continue to progress and contribute to the peace and stability of the region."

Mr Lee said he is glad that Singapore and China are embarking on new partnerships in financial services, social management and environmental protection.

"I look forward to continue working with you to enhance our close ties," Mr Lee said.

"Thank you once again for your excellent hospitality during my recent visit to Beijing," he said, adding that he looked forward to meeting Mr Li again at the East Asia Summit in Brunei this month.

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