Singapore and Shanghai cooperation can be ‘vanguard’ of new upgraded ties

  • Singapore and Shanghai’s relationship can be a vanguard of the new partnership between the island state and China, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong told Shanghai party chief Chen Jining on 15 May.
  • Since the Chinese financial hub has always been at the forefront of China’s reform and opening-up campaign, the collaborative relationship between Singapore and Shanghai can be a “pathfinder for more exciting, more ground-breaking projects”, said Mr Wong.
  • This was his first meeting with Mr Chen since becoming deputy prime minister, and since Mr Chen was promoted to Shanghai’s top position.
  • With China reopening its borders after three years of Covid-19, Singapore’s leaders have wasted no time in making trips here to renew ties in person and to see the country’s development.
  • Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan came in February, followed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in late March on his first trip since 2019.
  • While here, PM Lee met President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang as the two countries announced they would upgrade bilateral relations to an “all-round, high-quality, future-oriented partnership”.

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