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.