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Overview

Singapore enjoys strong and substantive relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), anchored by a steady flow of high-level visits, multifaceted cooperation, growing people-to-people exchanges, and robust economic ties.  In 2015, Singapore and China celebrated the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations and released a Joint Statement that characterised bilateral relations as an “All-Round Cooperative Partnership Progressing with the Times”.

Since 2013, China has been Singapore’s largest trading partner, and Singapore has been China’s largest foreign investor.  The China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (CSFTA), which entered into force in 2009, was the first comprehensive bilateral FTA that China had concluded with an Asian country. Both sides signed the Protocol to upgrade the CSFTA during Premier Li Keqiang’s Official Visit to Singapore in November 2018.

Singapore and China have established three Government-to-Government projects – (i) the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park; (ii) the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City; and (iii) the China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstrative Initiative on Strategic Connectivity.  Both sides are also working together on a state-level bilateral cooperation project – the China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City – and several private sector-led, government-supported initiatives such as the Singapore-Sichuan Hi-Tech Innovation Park, the Nanjing Eco High-Tech Island and the Jilin Food Zone. At the provincial level, we have seven provincial business councils with Sichuan, Shandong, Liaoning, Zhejiang, Tianjin, Guangdong and Jiangsu. Since the mid-1990s, more than 55,000 Chinese officials have visited Singapore for various study visits and training programmes.

Beyond the traditional parameters, Singapore and China have also been collaborating in new areas such as the rule of law, social governance and finance.

Recent Highlights

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  • To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Singapore-China diplomatic relations, Singapore and China exchanged State Visits. President Tony Tan Keng Yam visited Beijing and Tianjin from 29 June to 4 July. PRC President Xi Jinping made his reciprocal State Visit to Singapore from 6 to 7 November.

 

  • Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) Chan Chun Sing, Singapore Co-Chair of the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative (CCI) Joint Working Committee and Joint Implementation Committee, visited Chongqing in January, April, July and September for CCI-related meetings and activities.

  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan made an introductory visit to Beijing from 29 February to 1 March.

  • Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong visited Hainan from 22 to 25 March for the Bo’ao Forum for Asia Annual Conference.

  • Senior Minister of State (Prime Minister’s Office)(Foreign Affairs)(Transport) Josephine Teo visited Yunnan and Guizhou from 17 to 20 April.

  • PRC Political and Legal Affairs Commission Secretary Meng Jianzhu visited Singapore from 17 to 18 May to co-chair the 3rd Singapore-China Social Governance Forum themed “Governance in a Diverse Society” with Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean.

  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited Chongqing and participated in the G20 Summit in Hangzhou at PRC President Xi Jinping’s invitation from 2 to 5 September.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean visited Beijing from 26 to 28 February to co-chair the 13th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation, 18th China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Joint Steering Council (JSC), 9th Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city JSC and inaugural China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity JSC meetings. 
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan visited Beijing on 27 February.
  • Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong visited Hainan from 24 to 25 March for the Bo’ao Forum for Asia Annual Conference.
  • Senior Minister of State (Prime Minister’s Office)(Foreign Affairs)(Transport) Josephine Teo made a working visit to Heilongjiang, from 10 to 12 April.
  • Minister (National Development) Lawrence Wong attended the inaugural Belt & Road Forum in Beijing from 14 to 15 May. 
  • Member of the Political Bureau and Minister of the Organisation Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Zhao Leji visited Singapore from 15 to 17 May to co-chair the 6th Singapore-China Forum on Leadership with Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan made an official visit to Beijing from 11 to 12 June.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister (Economic and Social Policies) Tharman Shanmugaratnam visited Beijing, Tianjin and Dalian from 25 to 29 June. He attended the World Economic Forum Summer Davos in Dalian from 26 to 29 June 2018. 
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had a bilateral meeting with PRC President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg on 6 July.
  • Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon visited Beijing from 21 to 22 August to co-chair the inaugural Singapore-China Legal and Judicial Roundtable with Supreme People’s Court President Zhou Qiang.  
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made an official visit to Beijing and Xiamen at the invitation of PRC Premier Li Keqiang from 19 to 21 September.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made an official visit to Beijing, Hainan and Shanghai from 8 to 12 April.  PM Lee attended the Bo’ao Forum for Asia Annual Conference on 10 April.

  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean made an official visit to Beijing, Tianjin, Nanning, Chongqing, Xining and Lanzhou from 28 June to 6 July.

  • PRC State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made an official visit to Singapore from 1 to 5 August in conjunction with the 51st ASEAN Foreign Minister and Related Meetings.

  • PRC Prosecutor-General Zhang Jun made an official visit to Singapore from 16 to 18 August 2018.

  • Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong visited Chongqing from 21 to 24 August to deliver the keynote speech at the inaugural Smart China Expo.

  • PRC Chief Justice Zhou Qiang made an official visit to Singapore from 29 August to 1 September to co-chair the 2nd Singapore-China Legal and Judicial Roundtable with Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.

  • Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee and Vice Premier of the PRC State Council Han Zheng made an official visit to Singapore from 19 to 21 September to co-chair the 14th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation, the 19th China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Joint Steering Council (JSC), the 10th Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city JSC, and the 2nd China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity JSC with Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean.

  • Minister (National Development) Lawrence Wong visited China from 27 to 29 September for the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city.  

  • Minister (Trade and Industry) Chan Chun Sing visited Shanghai from 4 to 7 November for the inaugural China International Import Expo. 

  • PRC Vice President Wang Qishan made an official visit to Singapore from 5 to 7 November.

  • PRC Premier Li Keqiang made an official visit to Singapore from 12 to 16 November in conjunction with the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits.

  •  Minister (Culture, Community and Youth) Grace Fu visited Fujian from 1 to 4 December. 

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