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Xi calls for upgrading Singapore ties

By XU WEI | China Daily | Updated: 2023-09-15 08:27
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Chinese President Xi Jinping extended on Thursday a message to Tharman Shanmugaratnam on his inauguration as the president of Singapore, highlighting his readiness to work with the newly elected leader to keep bringing bilateral ties to new levels.

In the message, Xi pointed out that China and Singapore, as friendly neighbors and important cooperation partners, have forged a successful path of mutual learning and win-win cooperation, which has spurred the growth and revitalization of both countries and served as a model for regional cooperation.

The two nations have also upgraded their ties to an all-round high-quality future-oriented partnership, setting the direction for the high-level development of bilateral relations in the new era, Xi noted.

The president highlighted his strong emphasis on the development of ties between China and Singapore, saying he is willing to establish a good working relationship with Singaporean President Shanmugaratnam.

He called upon both sides to enable their modernization process to better integrate with and complement each other, bring more benefits to the people of both countries, and make greater contributions to regional peace, prosperity, and stability.

Shanmugaratnam was elected as Singapore's ninth president after garnering 70.4 percent of the total votes on Sept 1. Over 2.48 million Singaporeans voted in the presidential election.

Shanmugaratnam was officially sworn in at an inauguration ceremony on Thursday.

Before the election, Shanmugaratnam was widely viewed as the favorite for the position and had resigned as a member of the ruling People's Action Party, or PAP, and as a senior minister in the cabinet as all presidential candidates must be independent.

The 66-year-old economist is perceived as having the government's backing and was questioned about his independence during the campaign.

The city-state's government is run by the prime minister, currently Lee Hsien Loong of the PAP, which has governed Singapore since 1959.

Observers said the vote would indicate the level of PAP support ahead of the general elections due in 2025, Agence France-Presse reported.

Agencies via Xinhua contributed to this story.


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