Chinese Vice-PM meets Singapore's DPM Teo

Visiting Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli (left) at a meeting yesterday with DPM Teo, who had invited him. Mr Teo congratulated Mr Zhang on his appointment to the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation. -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN

CHINA'S Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli met Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean in a closed-door meeting as he began his three-day official visit here yesterday.

At the start of the meeting, DPM Teo, who had invited China's seventh-ranked leader, welcomed him and congratulated him on his appointment to the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC). Mr Teo also said he hoped the two sides would have good discussions in the days to come.

Mr Zhang thanked Mr Teo for the invitation and said that he recognised many familiar faces and old friends in the room.

At a dinner Mr Teo hosted for Mr Zhang, they launched a video highlighting the JCBC's main milestones. For instance, a comprehensive bilateral free trade agreement between China and Singapore was announced at the council's fifth meeting in 2008.

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