Singapore, China ink landmark number of agreements

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Singapore and China have pledged deeper co-operation in areas ranging from public health to trade with the signing of a landmark number of 10 agreements at an apex bilateral forum between both countries, beating last year’s count of nine.

The 16th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC), held yesterday, was co-chaired by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and Chinese Vice-Premier Han Zheng.

Speaking to local media to wrap up the session, Heng said, “The substantive agenda this year reflects the breadth and depth of our cooperation. This builds on a strong foundation established by leaders on both sides and successive generations of JCBC co-chairs.” He added that the continued commitment to joint projects and collaboration amid the challenging COVID-19 pandemic was testament to the resilience of ties between the two countries.

This year’s meeting was also of “special significance”, he said, as 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Singapore’s diplomatic relations with China.

It was Heng’s second time co-chairing the council meeting, which was held virtually.

Among the numerous agreements signed were two memoranda of understanding (MOUs) focussed on deepening cooperation in public health – a new pillar of partnership under the JCBC.