Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang to convey condolences on the passing of former Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Peng.
The text of the letter is appended.
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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
24 JULY 2019
Letter from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Premier Li Keqiang
24 July 2019
Dear Premier Li,
On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Singapore, I extend my deepest condolences to the Government and people of the People’s Republic of China on the passing of former Premier Li Peng.
Mr Li had served in senior leadership positions during a time of rapid economic and social change and great challenges for China. Under his leadership in the early 1990s, China experienced dramatic economic development, as it implemented the policy of reforming and opening up, improving the lives of millions of Chinese people.
As Premier, Mr Li oversaw the establishment of Singapore-China diplomatic relations in 1990 and promoted friendship and cooperation between our countries. Mr Li was the first Chinese Premier to visit Singapore. He promoted cooperation between Singapore and China in many areas, ranging from economics to culture and education. He also witnessed key milestones in our bilateral relations, especially the launch of the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park, our first Government-to-Government project.
Mr Li also played an important role in strengthening relations and cooperation between ASEAN and China. Under Mr Li’s leadership, China established diplomatic relations with many ASEAN Member States, and the ASEAN-China dialogue partnership. This laid the ground for the close cooperation between ASEAN and China today.
Mr Li will be deeply remembered. Our thoughts are with the people of China.
LEE HSIEN LOONG
His Excellency Li Keqiang
Premier of the State Council
People’s Republic of China