Singapore and China reaffirm warm and friendly relations at Munich Security Conference

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen opposite Ms Fu Ying, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress of China.
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen opposite Ms Fu Ying, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress of China.PHOTO: NG ENG HEN/FACEBOOK
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen with Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif.
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen with Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif.PHOTO: NG ENG HEN/FACEBOOK
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen opposite Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik.
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen opposite Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik.PHOTO: NG ENG HEN/FACEBOOK
German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen giving the opening statement at the 53rd Munich Security Conference.
German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen giving the opening statement at the 53rd Munich Security Conference.PHOTO: NG ENG HEN/FACEBOOK
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen with UK Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon.
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen with UK Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon.PHOTO: NG ENG HEN/FACEBOOK
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen with Swiss Head, Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport Guy Parmelin.
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen with Swiss Head, Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport Guy Parmelin.PHOTO: NG ENG HEN/FACEBOOK

MUNICH - Singapore and China reaffirmed the warm and friendly relations between both sides, as Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Ms Fu Ying, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress of China, met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday (Feb 18).

In the meeting, Dr Ng stressed Singapore's belief that a stable, prosperous, and successful China would benefit Singapore and the region, and reiterated Singapore's continued support for China's success, a Ministry of Defence statement said.

"Dr Ng and Ms Fu also engaged in frank discussions on regional security issues and agreed on the usefulness of enhancing bilateral and multilateral cooperation, especially through the Asean-Defence Ministers' Meeting-Plus," the statement added.

This is the sixth time Dr Ng is attending the Munich Security Conference, a high-level security conference that brings together key foreign affairs and defence leaders from around the world.

 

On Saturday, Dr Ng also met Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik.

He also had his first meeting with US Secretary of Defence James Mattis, and discussed the new US administration's foreign and security policies, particularly the importance of the US' engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.