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State councilor meets Singaporean PM on ties, China-ASEAN relationship

Updated: Feb 8,2018 9:07 AM     Xinhua

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) meets with visiting Defense Minister and State Councilor Chang Wanquan in Singapore on Feb 7, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

SINGAPORE — The visiting Defense Minister and State Councilor Chang Wanquan met with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Feb 7.

At their meeting, Lee told the Chang that Singapore has attached importance to China’s role in both regional and global affairs, firmly adhered to the one-China principle, and supported and participated in the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China in 2013.

Lee added that Singapore, by assuming the role of the ASEAN-China coordinating country and the ASEAN rotating presidency, would further promote relationship between ASEAN and China.

Chang, for his part, noted that China-Singapore relations have witnessed all-around and in-depth development.

According to him, the Chinese side was willing to work with the Singaporean counterpart to expand cooperation on national security and defense and strengthen political mutual trust, so as to push forward their all-round cooperative partnership progressing with the times and elevate the China-ASEAN strategic partnership to a new height.

Chang was on an official visit to Singapore. During the stay, he met with Singaporean Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen on Feb 5 and took part in the 8th China-ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Informal Meeting on Feb 6.