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Sunday, August 23, 2009

China VP to co-chair talks in Singapore

Further solidifying of Singapore's vision from a long-time ago that synergy and alignment with China was vital, if not essential for the coming years.


China VP to co-chair talks
By Lee Siew Hua
Source - Straits Times Aug 23, 2009

Chinese Vice- Premier Wang Qishan (above) begins a four-day visit here on Sunday at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng.

The two will co-chair talks to review and chart new directions for a pair of Singapore-Sino megaprojects - the Suzhou Industrial Park and Tianjin Eco-city.

The flagship Suzhou project - in its 15th year - serves as a model for Chinese industrial parks.

With Singaporean and Chinese officials developing the park, it is a venue for both sides to learn from each other.

Singapore shares its development experience, which is adapted to Chinese conditions.

The newer Tianjin venture has been progressing since November 2007, when a pact was signed to build an eco-city in the Chinese port city. Involved are Singapore's Ministry of National Development and several agencies, including the Housing Board and Land Transport Authority.

Mr Wang, 51, will also co-chair the sixth Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation with DPM Wong, said a statement from three Singapore ministries on Saturday.

The council is a platform to boost political ties and economic links. Mooted by Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong in 2002 when he was prime minister, it was launched in 2003.

One new aspect will be a working lunch hosted by SM Goh in his role as the Monetary Authority of Singapore chairman.

He and Mr Wang will discuss the global economic crisis, with ministers on both sides joining them.