Bloomberg Politics – China, Singapore Vow Trade Cooperation in Sign of Thaw

The meeting seemed to brush aside Chinese concerns over Singapore’s support of Taiwan and the U.S. naval presence in the South China Sea.

June 12, 2017

China and Singapore pledged to cooperate on trade and regional infrastructure projects, in a sign the countries have begun to repair ties strained amid security disputes in Southeast Asia.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan said Monday in a briefing in Beijing they reached agreement to work more closely on China’s “Belt and Road” trade and infrastructure initiative. Balakrishnan described ties as “strong” and said China’s relationship with Southeast Asia was “stable, calm and positive.”

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