Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong on a delegation to China from 5 to 8 December 2023, fostering bilateral cooperation and commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Tianjin Eco-City.

Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Lawrence Wong, is on an Official Visit to China, specifically Beijing and Tianjin, from 5 to 8 December 2023. The invitation for this significant diplomatic mission comes from Vice Premier Ding Xuexiang of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.

A pivotal event during the visit will be the 19th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) in Tianjin on 7 December, co-chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Wong and Vice Premier Ding. The JCBC serves as the annual platform to review collaborative efforts between Singapore and China, setting the course for future cooperation. Additionally, the 24th China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Joint Steering Council, the 15th Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Joint Steering Council, and the 7th China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity Joint Steering Council will convene to discuss the progress and further collaboration on these three flagship Government-to-Government projects. A bilateral meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Wong and Vice Premier Ding is also scheduled.

This year holds special significance as the 15th anniversary of the Tianjin Eco-City is celebrated. Deputy Prime Minister Wong, along with Vice Premier Ding, will participate in commemorative activities during their visit to Tianjin. Additionally, Deputy Prime Minister Wong will meet with Chen Min’er, Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Tianjin Municipal Committee.

In Beijing, Deputy Prime Minister Wong is expected to meet with Premier of the State Council Li Qiang, Vice Premier He Lifeng, and Minister of Finance Lan Fo’an. The agenda also includes a meeting with Singaporeans in Beijing.

Accompanying Deputy Prime Minister Wong on this diplomatic mission are Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Education Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Health Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Communications and Information and Second Minister for Home Affairs Josephine Teo, Minister for National Development Desmond Lee, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Education, and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, Acting Minister for Transport and Senior Minister of State (Finance) Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State (Sustainability and the Environment)(Transport) Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State (Foreign Affairs)(National Development) Sim Ann, Minister of State (Culture, Community and Youth)(Trade and Industry) Low Yen Ling, and Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Law)(Health) Rahayu Mahzam, along with senior officials from various Ministries and agencies.

Source – MFA