China, Singapore agree to launch new joint project soon
Updated: 2015-10-13 18:53
Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli (L) meets with Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean in Singapore, Oct 12, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]
SINGAPORE - China and Singapore held three annual meetings of bilateral cooperation in Singapore on Tuesday, agreeing to speed up the negotiations of a third intergovernmental project so as to launch its construction at an early date.
Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli and Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean co-chaired the 12th meeting of China- Singapore Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC), a high-level institutional mechanism established in 2003 to oversee the entire range of bilateral cooperation.
Viewing the new project to be located in western China "a strategic cooperation project between the two countries", both sides hope that the cooperation could form a network and radiate the vast western part of China in order to promote local social and economic development.
China and Singapore currently have two flagship projects - the Suzhou Industrial Park in east China's Jiangsu province and the Tianjin Eco-city in North China's port city of Tianjin.
According to Chinese Ambassador to Singapore Chen Xiaodong, the third project will focus on connectivity, modern logistics and finance.
Zhang's entourage included officials from Chongqing Municipality, an economic hub along the Yangtze River in western China, sources close to the meetings said.
The two sides also reached broad consensus on issues, including the upgrading of a bilateral free trade agreement, economic transformation, financial cooperation, cultural and people-to- people exchange as well as sustainable development at the JCBC meeting.
During the meeting, Zhang said China and Singapore are facing great opportunities as the two mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year.
"The main task of the JCBC meeting today is to implement the consensus reached by the Chinese and Singaporean presidents at their meetings not long ago, comprehensively sum up the outcomes of cooperation and push forward new progresses of key projects," the vice premier said.
Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam paid a week-long state visit to China from June 29 to July 4.
Zhang said China's economy has entered a period of new normal as the economy has shifted gear from the previous high speed to a medium-to-high speed growth, while Singapore is at a vital stage of further upgrading its economy.