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Chinese President Xi Jinping proposes 3 ways to take ties with Singapore to new level

Let's open up new dimensions for the future, Chinese President tells PM Lee

Published on Aug 27, 2013 7:30 AM
PM Lee and Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) at their meeting in Beijing yesterday. Also present were Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Lee Yi Shyan (left) and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Communications and Information and Education Sim Ann (third from left). -- PHOTO: REUTERS

China's top leader Xi Jinping, declaring ties with Singapore to be "in excellent shape", proposed three new ways to take bilateral relations to a new high at his meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

One of the ways would be to "fully utilise" the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC), a top bilateral body overseeing political ties and collaboration between the two countries.

China recently appointed its seventh-ranked leader Zhang Gaoli to the JCBC, which he co-chairs with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

The move marked the first time that a member of China's top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee, was named to the JCBC. The previous Chinese co-chairs were ranked lower than Mr Zhang.

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