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Hu Jintao Meets with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

On the morning of September 4, 2012, President Hu Jintao met with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Great Hall of the People.

Hu said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations 22 years ago, bilateral relations have gone through the test of international vicissitudes, and made ​​significant progress. The two sides have deepened mutual understanding and expanded mutually beneficial cooperation. At present, the international situation is undergoing profound and complex changes, and the development of Asia is facing increasing challenges. Both sides should jointly cope with challenges, he added. "China and Singapore should understand and support each other on issues concerning our core interests and major concerns. We should combine bilateral cooperation with our respective development strategies and expand it," Hu said. He also called on the two countries to enhance coordination and cooperation on international and regional affairs, as well as promote peace and development in Asia and the world.

Hu said that China's development cannot be separated from Asia, while Asia's development cannot advance without China. "China has pursued a policy of building good relations with neighboring countries," Hu said. He said China will push forward regional cooperation and support the integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as ASEAN's leading role in east Asian cooperation. China is ready to work with ASEAN countries to create a regional environment featuring peace, stability, equality, mutual trust and win-win cooperation, the president said.

Lee said Singapore-China relations have been developing well. With the deepening of China's reform and opening up, bilateral cooperation has enjoyed rapid development and achieved fruitful results. He described an industrial park in east China's city of Suzhou and an ecological park in north China's Tianjin municipality as examples of reciprocal cooperation. Singapore will join hands with China to continue to explore new areas and ways for bilateral cooperation and push Singapore-China relations to keep pace with the times, he said.

Lee said currently, the Asian situation is generally stable with good prospects for development. Asian countries have the capability to maintain regional stability and economic growth through their cooperation to achieve mutual benefit. Singapore highly appreciates China's participation in regional cooperation and supports the ASEAN's efforts to strengthen its partnership with China, Lee said. He added that Singapore will work with China to promote regional integration for the benefit of people of all countries.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Chinese Ambassador to Singapore Wei Wei and other officials attended the meeting.

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