Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to Singapore will further promote mutually beneficial cooperations, and deepen good-neighborly and friendly relationship between China and Singapore, Chinese Ambassador to Singapore Wei Wei told Xinhua in a recent interview.
Xi's visit to Singapore shows that leaders of the two countries have attached great importance to develop the bilateral relations, said Wei, adding it will further enhance political mutual trust and inject new momentum to the bilateral ties.
At the invitation of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Xi will kick off a three-day official visit here from Sunday. During his visit, Xi will hold talks with Lee Hsien Loong for boosting cooperations in various areas. The two leaders will also exchange views on regional and international issues of common concern, and witness the signing of a series of bilateral agreements. Xi will also meet with Singapore President S R Nathan, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng.
"This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Singapore, the celebrations on the occasion will reach climax with Vice President Xi's visit." He added that the groundbreaking ceremony for the China Cultural Center in Singapore will be held, and a commemorative marker of the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping will be unveiled during the visit.
Speaking on bilateral ties, Wei noted that the relations between the two countries have progressed "explosively" in the past 20 years. The two sides have maintained high level exchanges, and increased communication and cooperation in various fields.
Wei said the cooperations between the two countries are outstanding in terms of exchange level and scope. Calling the friendly relationship an example of "mutual benefits and win-win for both sides," Wei said he's confident that the bilateral relations will reach new level in the next 20 years.
Wei said the two countries should continue to focus on five major areas to deepen relations: maintaining high level of exchanges; increasing communications of political parties, parliaments, media and academies; expanding economic and scientific cooperations which are also aligned with the development strategy in the post economic crisis period for the two countries; encouraging more youths from both sides to support and participate in bilateral cooperations and enhancing communication and cooperation in regional and international affairs.
On developing relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Wei said that China is committed to building good neighborly relationship and partnership.
"Singapore not only plays an important and unique role in promoting the integration of ASEAN and the regional cooperation in east Asia, but also contributes in the development of relations between China and ASEAN," Wei said.
China will continued support ASEAN's central role in regional cooperation, and is willing to make joint efforts with Singapore and other ASEAN countries to enhance regional cooperation in East Asia, Wei added.