China and Singapore -- two friendly neighbors -- are important cooperation partners, and Beijing will develop bilateral relations from a long-term and strategic perspective.
Premier Li Keqiang made the comments in Beijing on July 3 when met with Singapore’s president Tony Tan Keng Yam who was on a state visit.
China will continue with its macroeconomic policy, intensify economic restructuring, and promote global production capacity cooperation, the Premier said. He expressed the hope that a third government cooperation project be set up in western China and joint research conducted on the upgrading of China-Singapore free trade zone agreement signed in 2008. The two current government cooperation projects are Suzhou Industrial Park and Sino-Singapore Eco-City in Tianjin.
The Premier stressed that China prioritizes the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in its neighborhood diplomacy. Singapore will be the next country to coordinate China-ASEAN relations. China is willing to promote the development of the China-ASEAN strategic partnership and maintain regional peace and stability with Singapore’s help, he added.
Tan said that the two countries have achieved fruitful results of cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic relations 25 years ago. He expressed the hope that new cooperation patterns and fields be found, and bilateral free trade agreements be upgraded soon. Singapore will play a positive role in promoting China-ASEAN relations, he added.