The Straits Times
Published on Sep 12, 2012

ESM Goh and Chinese Premier Wen affirm strong ties


TIANJIN - Singapore's Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who is on a six-day visit to China, met Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday morning.

The meeting took place at the grand, high-ceiling Tianjin State Guesthouse, a venue surrounded by verdant gardens, where the two men spent about 40 minutes discussing ties between their countries and future areas of cooperation.

After affirming their excellent bilateral relations, Mr Goh paid tribute to the Premier for playing an important role in enhancing Beijing's ties with Singapore and with Asean. He also thanked the 69-year-old - who is set to retire in the upcoming leadership handover - for his strong support, particularly in setting up the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation and the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, and for financial cooperation between the two countries.

Mr Goh and Mr Wen agreed that these initiatives had progressed very well, and that both countries should continue to work together to ensure their future success, a statement from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.