On February 4, 2022, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who was accompanying Singaporean President Halimah Yacob to come to China for the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Beijing Winter 2022, at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.
Wang Yi said today that the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will open as scheduled. It is a great event for Asia and the world, which will bring confidence and joy to the people of all countries in the face of the pandemic. Officials from 66 countries, regions and international organizations will attend the opening ceremony, showing their support for the Olympic spirit and China’s hosting of the Games. China welcomes President Halimah’s special trip to China to join us in this great event. We are confident that the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games will be a great success and a highlight in the Olympic history of mankind.
Vivian spoke positively about China’s development achievements, saying the biggest change in the world over the past century is China’s rapid development and progress, and he is confident that China will achieve the goal. of the second centenary as planned. He said, in 2008, I attended the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing. It is a great honor for me to come back to China and see that Beijing will become the city that will host the Summer and Winter Olympics. Singapore and China enjoy good and close relations, with frequent economic and trade exchanges, active exchanges in various fields, and fruitful results in practical cooperation. The two sides have supported each other during the pandemic, vividly reflecting “a friend in need is truly a friend.” Singapore is willing to work with China to further deepen the comprehensive cooperative partnership that is progressing over time. Singapore highly values and actively participates in the Belt and Road cooperation, and is ready to work with China to accelerate the construction of the new international land-sea trade corridor and strengthen cooperation in the areas of digital economy, green development, connectivity, infrastructure and third parties. markets. Singapore welcomes China’s offer to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement. Singapore hopes to resume high-level visits between the two countries as soon as possible after the pandemic is under control.
Wang Yi said the China-Singapore comprehensive cooperation progressing over time fully reflects that the bilateral relationship is unique and forward-looking. The two countries have always understood, trusted and supported each other. China and Singapore have long enjoyed healthy and stable relations and steadily deepened practical cooperation, which is conducive to the respective development and revitalization of the two countries and plays an exemplary and leading role in the relationship. between states. China appreciates Singapore’s unwavering understanding and support for China’s reform and opening up, as well as its continuous expansion and exploration of new areas and spaces of cooperation with China. China is willing to work with Singapore to continuously inject new momentum into China-Singapore relations and achieve higher level common development and prosperity.
The two sides exchanged views on the South China Sea issue. Wang Yi pointed out that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). Facts have proven that the ideas and measures to fully and effectively implement the DOC and expedite the South China Sea (COC) code of conduct consultation are completely correct. We need to overcome the difficulties of the pandemic and resume COC offline consultation as soon as possible. China stands ready to work with ASEAN countries to enhance mutual trust, eliminate disruptions and jointly commit to maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea.
The two sides also exchanged views on the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and China-US relations. On the Myanmar issue, Wang Yi said, China always upholds the centrality of ASEAN and supports ASEAN in maintaining solidarity and properly handling Myanmar issues in an ASEAN way.