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Chinese vice premier concludes Singapore visit
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11:15, July 12, 2007

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Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi left Singapore on Thursday morning, concluding her four-day visit.

During her stay in Singapore, Wu co-chaired with her Singapore counterpart Wong Kan Seng the ninth meeting of the Joint Steering Committee of the Suzhou Industrial Park, a joint venture between the two governments, and the fourth Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation meeting.

Both sides agreed to push forward the negotiations on FTA, which started last year and a fourth round will take place in September. They also tasked a committee to lead discussions for the eco-city project to build an environmentally friendly city in China by using Singapore's sophisticated technologies and management.

The other item high on the agenda of meetings was the Suzhou industrial park, the Sino-Singaporean cooperative project launched in 1994. They decided to optimize the second 10-year targets to be reached by 2014, aiming to promote the park as a high-tech, high value-added, leading model of industrial park in China.

Wu Yi urged the two countries to strengthen cooperation in other fields, including modern services, energy conservation, environmental protection and urban construction sectors.

She also called on the city state to actively participate in China's regional development and further explore cooperation modality for going global together.

The vice premier met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

The leaders spoke highly of the smooth development of bilateral ties and effective cooperation in various fields since the two countries established their diplomatic ties in 1990.

Wu also attended a gala lunch hosted by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI), and addressed 500 local industry and commerce leaders, urging them to seize new opportunities that have opened up in China.

She also witnessed the signing of five memorandums of understanding (MOUs) between the two countries, involving human resource, border health measures, urban environment and integrated utilization of urban water resources, as well as avoidance of double taxation agreement.

Wu arrived here on Monday afternoon for her second visit to Singapore since 2005.

Source: Xinhua

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