PM Lee's China visit 'offers good guide for bilateral meet'
The "very good discussions" between Singapore and China during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's recent visit are helpful for upcoming talks on bilateral cooperation, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean at a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
In particular, Mr Teo said he believes that talks between PM Lee and China's top leaders - President Xi Jinping and Premier Li - have "set out very good guidance" for the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) meeting set to be held in Singapore this year.
At PM Lee's meeting with Mr Xi, the latter had urged both sides to "fully utilise" mechanisms like the JCBC in boosting cooperation.
Mr Teo added that senior officials from both sides are meeting in two days' time to finalise the agenda for the JCBC, the highest- level body set up in 2003 to oversee political ties and economic collaboration between China and Singapore.