HANOI, Aug 21 — China is willing to join hands with Singapore and other member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to promote regional and global peace, stability, development and prosperity, reports Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

According to Xinhua news agency which quoted Yang Jiechi, a Politburo member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) as saying at a meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday in Singapore, China is ready to work together with ASEAN member nations to deepen strategic mutual trust and practical cooperation to safeguard economic globalisation and fairness and justice in the international arena. 

Yang, who is also director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, stressed that China stands ready to work with Singapore to strengthen what they have achieved in the fight against the COVID-19, further promote the high-quality joint development of the Belt and Road and build the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor.

Lee, for his part, emphasised that the COVID-19 pandemic requires more than ever that countries work together and communicate with each other rationally.

The Singaporean leader added that his country will make good use of the existing bilateral cooperation mechanism with China to push forward the ASEAN-China relationship and jointly spur the regional and global economic recovery.

Yang was on a two-day visit to Singapore from Wednesday, during which he also met with Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean and Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, according to Xinhua.


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