(Reported by "Channel NewsAsia" )
10, Nov 2015, A day after President Xi Jinping hailed Singapore-China cooperation for bearing "rich fruit", the Chinese leader is due to deliver a lecture at the National University of Singapore and witness the signing of several MOUs with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
SINGAPORE: Chinese President Xi Jinping had a packed schedule on Saturday (Nov 7) ahead of a historic meeting with Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou facilitated by Singapore. He opened the China Cultural Centre at Queen Street first thing in the morning with Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, before delivering the 36th Singapore Lecture at the National University of Singapore.
In his speech, Mr Xi touched on the South China Sea dispute, saying that China has always insisted that it be resolved peacefully through talks. However, the President said that the Chinese government also has a responsibility to protect the country's sovereignty and maritime rights.
After the lecture, Mr Xi and other high-ranking Chinese officials called upon Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana. Mr Xi and Mr Lee then witnessed the signing of several agreements related to the third government-to-government project in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, as well as for education cooperation, urban management and for Customs collaboration. Notably, both exchanged letters to kickstart negotiations to upgrade the Singapore-China Free Trade Agreement.
"Had a fruitful meeting with President Xi Jinping today. Singapore enjoys warm and substantial ties with China, and President Xi’s visit has further deepened the relationship," wrote Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a Facebook post.
"China’s dramatic progress is positive for the region and the world. We are happy that Singapore provided the venue for President Xi’s meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou from Taiwan," he added.
Had a fruitful meeting with President Xi Jinping today. Singapore enjoys warm and substantial ties with China, and...
Posted by Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday, 7 November 2015
On Friday evening, President Tony Tan Keng Yam hosted President Xi to a state banquet at the Istana, and said he was confident that China would continue to succeed under Mr Xi's leadership. President Xi said bilateral ties have reached a new level and that China will work with Singapore to seize the momentum and deepen their cooperation.