US Elections 2016, the day after: US-Asia ties under Trump

PM Lee congratulates Trump, Pence

Mike Pence speaks ahead of an address by Donald Trump, on Obamacare in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, US, on Nov 1, 2016.
Mike Pence speaks ahead of an address by Donald Trump, on Obamacare in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, US, on Nov 1, 2016.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written letters to United States President-elect Donald Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence to congratulate them on being elected.

In his letter to Mr Trump, dated Nov 9, PM Lee noted that Singapore and the US share strategic interests and a longstanding partnership, and cooperate in a wide range of fields, with bilateral trade reaching US$64 billion (S$90 billion) over the last decade.

Singapore investments in the US and American exports to Singapore have created some 240,000 jobs for American workers, Mr Lee added.

"Your extensive business experience sets you in a unique position to tap into Asia's growth," he said, adding that he looked forward to working with Mr Trump and his administration to strengthen US-Singapore ties and the US' engagement in the Asia-Pacific.

"I wish you every success in your new appointment and hope to welcome you to Singapore at your earliest convenience," wrote Mr Lee.

He made similar points in a letter to Mr Pence, who is the outgoing Governor of Indiana.

"This was a hard-earned victory. You fought a spirited campaign, and convinced voters to give you the opportunity to implement your policy agenda," said Mr Lee.

"Singapore and the United States enjoy excellent relations, underpinned by a Strategic Framework Agreement on security cooperation and the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, which have been mutually beneficial and advanced our shared strategic interests," he added.

"We have also strengthened our enduring friendship over the last half-century and expanded cooperation on many regional and international issues.

"I look forward to working with you and President-elect Donald Trump to further enhance our bilateral relationship and cooperation on our shared interests in Asia and beyond."

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2016, with the headline 'PM Lee congratulates Trump, Pence'. Print Edition | Subscribe