SINGAPORE, Nov 7 – Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam and President Xi Jinping affirmed the close, substantive and multi-faceted relations between Singapore and China as both countries commemorate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the affirmation was made during a meeting between both leaders at the Istana. Xi, who is in Singapore on a two-day state visit beginning Friday, called on Tan following a welcome ceremony at the Istana. Both leaders agreed to launch negotiations on the upgrade of the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement and to conclude the negotiations by 2016.
They agreed that the third Government-to-Government project will be based in Chongqing Municipality. They also agreed to establish an “All Round Cooperative Partnership Progressing with the Times”. Both leaders discussed strengthening cooperation in areas such as finance, culture, social governance, education, science and technology, environmental protection, and people-to-people relations.
Tan and and his wife Mary also hosted a State Banquet at the Istana Friday evening in honour of President Xi, his spouse Madam Peng Liyuan and his delegation. In his toast remarks during the welcome dinner, Tan recalled the historical and cultural linkages between both countries and highlighted the role played by their pioneer generation of leaders in laying the strong foundation upon which their bilateral cooperation had flourished in the past decades.