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Li Keqiang
Premier of the State Council
The People’s Republic of China

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I wish to warmly congratulate Business China on its launching of the special webpage to mark the 30th anniversary of China-Singapore Diplomatic Relations. During my visit to Singapore in 2018, I had the pleasure of delivering the 44th Singapore Lecture co-hosted by Business China. For many years, the organization has done a great deal to facilitate interactions and understanding between China and Singapore. We highly appreciate its commitment and fruitful work.

Facing each other across the sea, China and Singapore are close neighbors, and our people share a special bond of affinity. Our cooperation over the past 30 years has been defined by openness, innovation, inclusiveness and mutual learning. On the basis of mutual respect, the two countries worked to harness our comparative strengths and deepen practical cooperation. This has contributed to the development of both countries and served our peoples well. Acting in the spirit of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, we have nurtured two flagship programs in bilateral cooperation, namely the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor and partnership with third parties, advanced the three inter-governmental cooperation projects in Suzhou, Tianjin and Chongqing, developed the Guangzhou Knowledge City, set up the Shanghai-Singapore Comprehensive Cooperation Council, and launched the China (Shenzhen)-Singapore Smart City Initiative. These collaborative programs are telling examples of the strategic, forward-looking and pace-setting quality of our all-round cooperative partnership progressing with the times.

In the face of the sudden onslaught of COVID-19, our two countries have come to each other’s help and faced up to the challenge together. We were among the first to launch the “fast lane” to enable essential travels and jointly worked for the stable and smooth operation of the regional supply and industrial chains. With normalized epidemic control in place, we have promoted the resumption of economic and social activities in both countries and the region at large.

As an important member of ASEAN, Singapore has played a positive role in strengthening China-ASEAN relations and all-round cooperation between the two sides.

Looking ahead to the next 30 years, we would like to work with Singapore to deepen strategic communication and enhance all-round cooperation. We look forward to hosting more Singaporean leaders and friends from various sectors in China. Together, we need to expand practical cooperation and promote open, clean and green development under the Belt and Road Initiative. We need to nurture new cooperation highlights while making better use of existing mechanisms. We need to continue our good cooperation against the ravaging global pandemic to protect the life and health of our people and rejuvenate economic and social development. China is ready to work with Singapore to upgrade China-ASEAN cooperation and promote synergy between the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor and other sub-regional frameworks such as the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation and BIMP-EAGA, and enhance regional connectivity and economic integration to facilitate greater development in our region.

As I said during my visit two years ago, what China has achieved in the past four decades is attributable to its opening-up policy and its endeavors to integrate itself into the global trade system and the world economy. China will not slacken its opening-up efforts, but will only advance with greater strides; China will not close its door to the rest of the world, but will only open wider. We look forward to building stronger ties and closer cooperation with Singapore and other countries in this process to achieve even greater win-win results.

As a Confucius saying goes, one becomes well established at the age of 30. The past 30 years have proved that China-Singapore cooperation is not only well-established but is poised to grow deeper and become more successful. With the concerted efforts of Business China and people from all sectors in the two countries, I am sure the China-Singapore relationship will cleave waves and sail toward a brighter future.

Li Keqiang
Premier of the State Council
The People’s Republic of China