On the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore and H.E. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore sent congratulatory letters to H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China and H.E. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China respectively today.
President Halimah stated in the letter that China has made great strides over the past decades, and achieved significant progress and development. China has developed a strong and vibrant economy, uplifted the lives of the Chinese people, eradicated absolute poverty, and achieved a moderately prosperous society. China has also been an active player on the international stage, especially in global trade, climate change, and sustainable development.
President Halimah wrote that Singapore and China enjoy strong and substantive relations that have continued to deepen and progress over time. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries have maintained engagements at all levels, and expanded cooperation in new areas such as public health management. The recent birth of the first panda cub to the two giant pandas in Singapore is symbolic of the continuing friendship between the two countries and what can be achieved through close bilateral cooperation.
President Halimah also stressed that Singapore looks forward to working with China and other ASEAN Member States to continue to advance ASEAN-China cooperation, and further enhance regional peace and prosperity.
Prime Minister Lee stated in the letter that this year marks the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, which is a significant milestone for China. The eradication of absolute poverty and achievement of a moderately prosperous society is a momentous accomplishment. China has also managed its domestic COVID-19 situation well and provided much-needed support to the global fight against the pandemic. He is confident that China will continue to progress towards its long term goals and contribute positively to the region and the world.
Prime Minister Lee wrote that Singapore-China relations have grown from strength to strength. The wide-ranging and forward-looking cooperation has made good progress despite the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world moves into a post-pandemic recovery, he looks forward that the two countries should build on the achievements and score further joint wins, for example in new areas like the digital economy and sustainable development.
Prime Minister Lee stressed that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Dialogue Relations between ASEAN and China. ASEAN and China are now each other’s largest trading partners, as trade continued to grow despite the pandemic. Both Singapore and China have ratified the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, reflecting the shared commitment to a rules-based multilateral framework for trade and investments.
（As we are celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Ambassador Hong Xiaoyong and H.E. Dr Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry of the Republic of Singapore delivered a video message respectively on this auspicious occasion.）