China's foreign minister calls on PM; both affirm excellent bilateral ties

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong received Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Istana yesterday morning, and they reaffirmed the longstanding ties between their two countries.

In a Facebook post yesterday, PM Lee said that they had a productive and candid discussion on international and regional developments.

"Despite challenging global circumstances in the pandemic, we have continued working closely, sharing resources and expertise to better manage the outbreak," he wrote.

"Singapore welcomes China's continued contribution in our part of the world, and will continue working with China to build a more harmonious and peaceful world," he added, signing off with emojis of the two countries' flags.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that PM Lee and Mr Wang affirmed the excellent state of relations between Singapore and China, and the positive momentum in both countries' cooperation amid Covid-19. They also welcomed the 30th anniversary of Asean-China Dialogue Relations this year.

Mr Wang is on a two-day working visit to Singapore. On Monday, he called on Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and met Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2021, with the headline 'China's foreign minister calls on PM; both affirm excellent bilateral ties'. Subscribe