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Wang Yi Meets with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

On June 7, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in Chongqing.

Wang Yi said, China and the ASEAN have engaged in fruitful cooperation since the establishment of dialogue relations 30 years ago, making a great contribution to each side's economic and social progress and regional peace and stability. China highly lauds the important role Singapore is playing in deepening the China-ASEAN relations.

Noting that China is about to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Wang Yi said, over the past 100 years, the CPC has always stayed true to its original aspiration and kept its mission well in mind, working for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and the happiness of the Chinese people, which is the fundamental reason for China's rebirth and continuous development over the past century. China is willing to strengthen the exchange of experience in governance and stay in close communication and coordination with the Singaporean government and the People's Action Party, jointly cope with the test of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of the once-in-a-century changes, and push the relations between the two countries to a new level.

Wang Yi said, the two countries should maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges in a flexible manner and in tune with the changing demand of COVID-19 control, and work jointly to explore effective measures to restore economic and social development in the context of the prolonged pandemic. The New Land-sea Corridor, a new highlight of cooperation between the two countries, connects the Silk Road Economic Belt with the Maritime Silk Road. We should join hands to make the Corridor better, bigger and stronger in a down-to-earth way. It is hoped that both sides will sign and implement the cooperation plan as soon as possible, so as to lend a stronger hand to unimpeded industrial and supply chains along the Corridor, as well as the post-pandemic recovery.

Vivian expressed his warm congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC, adding that under the leadership of the CPC, the lives of 1.4 billion Chinese people have witnessed breathtaking improvements, which is history in the making. He thanked China for its strong support to Singapore in the fight against the pandemic. China is ASEAN's largest trading partner, and Singapore is willing to bring the crucial role of the New Land-sea Corridor into effective play together with China, deepen joint contributions to the Belt and Road Initiative, and promote regional and world economic recovery together.

Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern, such as the situation in Myanmar.

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