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November 20, 2017

Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan met PRC Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi on the sidelines of the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 20 November 2017. They affirmed the good ties between Singapore and China, and between ASEAN and China, over the past year. The two Ministers took stock of the close and multi-faceted bilateral cooperation, including the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative and the Southern Transport Corridor, as well as the Belt and Road Initiative. They also reviewed the positive outcomes of the recently-concluded 20th ASEAN-China Summit, including the four outcome documents in the areas of tourism, anti-corruption, infrastructure connectivity, and coastal and marine environmental protection in the South China Sea. They welcomed the announcement on the official commencement of negotiations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. The two Ministers agreed to continue strengthening cooperation between Singapore and China, and between ASEAN and China, as Singapore assumes Chairmanship of ASEAN and continues its role as ASEAN-China Country Coordinator next year.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan met PRC Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi on the sidelines of the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 20 November 2017. They affirmed the good ties between Singapore and China, and between ASEAN and China, over the past year. The two Ministers took stock of the close and multi-faceted bilateral cooperation, including the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative and the Southern Transport Corridor, as well as the Belt and Road Initiative. They also reviewed the positive outcomes of the recently-concluded 20th ASEAN-China Summit, including the four outcome documents in the areas of tourism, anti-corruption, infrastructure connectivity, and coastal and marine environmental protection in the South China Sea. They welcomed the announcement on the official commencement of negotiations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. The two Ministers agreed to continue strengthening cooperation between Singapore and China, and between ASEAN and China, as Singapore assumes Chairmanship of ASEAN and continues its role as ASEAN-China Country Coordinator next year.[Photo: MFA]