The 13th China-Singapore Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation Meeting, the 18th China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Joint Steering Council Meeting, the 9th China-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Joint Steering Council Meeting, and the First China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity Joint Steering Council Meeting were held on Feb 27 in Beijing. Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean co-chaired the meetings and delivered opening speeches.
Zhang said that it's of significance to hold the 18th China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Joint Steering Council Meeting at the same site where "The Agreement on Co-Development and Construction of Suzhou Industrial Park by the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Singapore" was signed on Feb 26, 23 years ago. Over the past 23 years' development, SIP's successful experience in such areas as opening-up & cooperation, in-depth reform and "first try, first pilot" has become precious wealth of both sides, and SIP has become a witness to the friendly cooperation between Chinese and Singaporean governments and friendly exchange between the two peoples. SIP's development practice proves that Chinese and Singaporean leaders' decision on cooperative construction of SIP is right and that the long-term guidance from China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Joint Steering Council is effective.
Zhang believed that the meeting would further help SIP play the role of pilot reform field, explore open economy based on new systems, upgrade innovation-driven development level, play an active part in international economic & technological cooperation and competitions, and speed up to establish itself into a domestic and international renowned hi-tech industrial park.
Teo said that SIP is a cornerstone of bilateral relation, that SIP's success has paved the way for the second government-to-government project in Tianjin and the third one in Chongqing, and that SIP will continue to play the role of a pathfinder for bilateral cooperation. He suggested that SIP and IE Singapore support the internationalization of Chinese companies, collaborate on projects in third countries in line with the "Belt and Road" initiative[MORE]