Commerce Minister Zhong Shan held a phone call with Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing in the evening of August 28th, exchanging views on deepening trade and economic links between China and Singapore.
Minister Zhong Shan said that in their phone call last month, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long reached a number of important agreements to grow China-Singapore relations and set the direction for results-oriented bilateral commercial cooperation. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the two governments and people from all walks of life had offered mutual support and assistance. The two sides actively carried out joint epidemic response, explored effective means to expand trade and investment against the epidemic, managed to unblock industrial chains and supply chains, established a fast track for the travel of essential personnels, and worked to promote the bilateral commercial cooperation to a higher level.
Zhong Shan noted that both countries had brought the epidemic under control and saw accelerated resumption of work and production. On occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Singapore, China wishes to strengthen bilateral cooperation mechanisms, jointly promote trade and investment flows, move forward the construction of the new Land-Sea Trade Corridor and inter-governmental cooperation projects, deepen regional and multilateral cooperation, and continue to work together in medical supplies. China appreciates the constructive role of Singapore in pushing for positive progress out of the RCEP Ministerial Meeting. China is willing to support ASEAN centrality in attaining the goal of signing RCEP by the end of this year.
Minister Chan thanked China for the robust support to Singapore in purchasing medical and epidemic containment supplies. Singapore is willing to strengthen joint COVID-19 response with China. The fast track between the two countries facilitated the exchange of personnels and trade and economic cooperation. In the next step, Singapore is ready to work with China to plan for future cooperation, advance the construction of the international land-sea trade corridor, and seize the opportunities to promote bilateral and regional trade and investment cooperation as supply chains and industrial chains are reshaped. Singapore is pleased to see the progress made at the RCEP Ministerial Meeting, and will make joint efforts with all parties to sign the agreement by the end of the year.