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Wang Qishan starts visit to Singapore
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At the invitation of Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan arrived in Singapore on Sunday to start a four-day official visit to the city state, which formed diplomatic ties with China in 1990.

During his visit, Wang will co-chair the 6th China-Singapore Joint Council Meeting for Bilateral Cooperation, the 11th China-Singapore Joint Steering Council Meeting for the Suzhou Industrial Park and the 2nd China-Singapore Joint Steering Council Meeting for the Tianjin Eco-City with his Singapore counterpart Wong Kan Seng.

Two Memorandums of Understanding related to education cooperation and science and technology, and a Protocol to the tax treaty between the two countries will also be inked.

Apart from co-chairing the meetings, Wang will also call on Singapore's President S. R. Nathan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

This is Wang's first official visit to Singapore in his current capacity as China's vice premier.

(Xinhua News Agency August 24, 2009)

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