PM Lee Hsien Loong meets China's Xi Jinping on sidelines of Apec Summit

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport Nov 9, 2014, to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport Nov 9, 2014, to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (right) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (right) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (right) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (right) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday in Beijing after arriving in China for the annual Apec meeting. 

Mr Xi called Singapore a country that has "created one miracle after another" in its development and told PM Lee that Sino-Singapore ties have always been one step ahead of China's ties with Asean countries. 

China and Singapore are now exploring a third government-to-government project in China's western region, and Mr Xi said that China would respect Singapore's views on what the project would entail and where it will be located. 

Mr Lee congratulated Mr Xi on China's hosting of the Apec summit in its 25th year and on "steering the meeting towards a substantive outcome that will take Apec another step forward".

"We believe that through Apec and regional cooperation we can deepen our interdependence and generate an environment of stability, confidence and prosperity which will benefit all of our peoples," he said. 

PM Lee will attend a gala dinner tonight celebrating Singapore property giant CapitaLand's 20th year of operations in China and answer questions at a dialogue.  

rchang@sph.com.sg