China, Singapore vow to lift ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with his Singaporean counterpart Tony Tan Keng Yam in Beijing on Friday.

Xi said the bilateral relationship strode forward in the past 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties.

According to Xi, China is now Singapore’s No. 1 trading partner while Singapore is China’s largest investment source.

The president proposed the two sides further strengthen their strategic communication and maintain high-level interactions to enhance political trust.

Meanwhile, Xi pledged that China will work with Singapore and all sides concerned to make the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank a professional, effective and win-win platform.

Echoing Xi, president Tan said the two sides can give more play to the bilateral free-trade agreement and promote economic ties between Singapore and China as well as the ASEAN and China.

Stressing the significance of China’s initiatives on the Belt and Road as well as the AIIB, Tan said he believed countries in the region will benefit from them.

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