Chinese minister Song Tao calls on PM Lee Hsien Loong and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat

Chinese Communist Party's Minister of the International Department Song Tao called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on March 25, 2019.
Chinese Communist Party's Minister of the International Department Song Tao called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on March 25, 2019.PHOTO: MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION
Chinese Communist Party's Minister of the International Department Song Tao called on Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat at the Ministry of Finance on March 25, 2019.
Chinese Communist Party's Minister of the International Department Song Tao called on Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat at the Ministry of Finance on March 25, 2019.PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FINANCE

SINGAPORE - The Chinese Communist Party's Minister of the International Department Song Tao called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat separately on Monday (March 25).

PM Lee and Mr Song discussed the deepening cooperation between Singapore and China in multi-faceted areas, including the Belt and Road Initiative, said Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Monday.

They welcomed the warm people-to-people exchanges and close party-to-party links between the two sides and looked forward to strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation, said the statement.

Mr Song, who is on a four-day visit here at the invitation of Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan since last Saturday, also expressed his appreciation for Singapore's constructive role as Asean chair in 2018.

Separately, Mr Heng and and Mr Song also reaffirmed the longstanding and strong relations between Singapore and China.They discussed global developments and how both countries can work more closely together, and both ministers recognised the importance of good governance and citizenry engagement to improve the lives of the people.

Mr Song also attended a constituency event hosted by Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and Community, Culture and Youth Sim Ann at Bukit Timah Community Club on Saturday, to better understand how the Singapore government engages the grassroots and the people.

Mr Song had also met with Dr Balakrishnan on Saturday.