Shanghai Party chief and Singapore PM agree on further cooperation
Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang met Lee Hsien Loong, prime minister of Singapore, and his delegation yesterday.
Li welcomed his guests and briefed them on Shanghai’s economic and social development. Li said the meeting between President Xi Jinping and Lee earlier at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference charted a roadmap for future Sino-Singapore bilateral relationship and it will help deepen the cooperation between the two countries.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the country’s opening-up reforms, and Shanghai will further deepen the reforms by exerting its central city’s aggregation effect, promoting the integration of the Yangtze River Delta regions and participating in the world’s cooperation.
Shanghai and Singapore have frequent exchanges and cooperation, and the two can use this visit to promote the cooperation in cultural industries, education, technologies, urban management and trade. The city will also host the China International Import Expo in November and it welcomes Singapore and other countries to participate and share business opportunities, Li added.
Lee said President Xi Jinping’s speech at the Boao Forum showed China’s prospects of opening-up and reform to the world. Singapore is impressed by the great achievements of China and the Yangtze Delta region.
Shanghai is a key node city for cooperation between China and Singapore and the integrated development of the Yangtze Delta region will bring even more cooperation opportunities for the two countries. Lee hoped that Singapore can expand the cooperation in innovative technological researches, urban management, trade, investment and education with China.
Hong Xiaoyong, China’s ambassador to Singapore, Zhuge Yujie, secretary-general of the CPC Shanghai Committee, and Xu Kunlin, vice-mayor of Shanghai, also attended the meeting.