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Singapore-China training exchange "unique and special": DPM Teo

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean spoke about the training exchanges between Singapore and China officials at a meeting with Zhao Leji, head of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Organisation Department, in Beijing. 

BEIJING: Singapore-China cooperation is on a sound footing in the run-up to the two countries' 25th anniversary of bilateral relations next year, and this is reflected in the training exchanges between officials on both sides.

This was highlighted at a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Zhao Leji, head of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Organisation Department (COD). The two leaders met at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on Tuesday evening (July 29).

More than 30,000 Chinese officials have been to Singapore for training in the past 24 years. Among these, 2,246 have been senior officials from the COD, Mr Zhao said. From Singapore, 256 civil servants have done the same in China. This exchange, DPM Teo said, was "unique and special" for Singapore.

Mr Zhao said China is studying how to continue the cooperation and will focus on improving the quality of the training programmes. China also hopes to host the 5th Singapore-China Leadership Forum in Suzhou next year to mark the two countries' 25th year of relations, he said, calling it a "preliminary proposal".The last leadership forum was held in Singapore.

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