Chinese President Xi Jinping said cooperation between China and Singapore in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) had become a new highlight of bilateral relations and added significant connotations to their all-round Cooperative Partnership.

In a telephone conversation with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Xi congratulated Lee on leading the People’s Action Party to victory in Singapore’s recent general election.

President Xi said he was glad to see the positive results Singapore had achieved in its fight against the Covid-19 Pandemic and was confident that the Singaporean People, under Lee’s leadership, would prevail over the disease and restore economic and social vitality at an early date.

China, he added, would continue to provide Singapore with firm support.

In the battle against Covid-19, China, upholding the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind, had been sharing its experience unreservedly with other countries and providing supplies and technical support for the international community to the best of its capacity, President Xi said.

China, he added, stands ready to work with Singapore to cement global solidarity in combating the pandemic, support the World Health Organisation in better playing its role and jointly build a global community of health for all.

Since the Covid-19 Pandemic broke out, the governments and various communities of the two countries have been helping and supporting each other, President Xi noted, adding that they took the lead in establishing a “fast-track lane” for exchanges of essential personnel and have made concerted efforts to guarantee smooth operation of supply and industrial chains in the region.

Bilateral cooperation in the fight against Covid-19, he stressed, had once again demonstrated that the relationship between the two countries was foresighted, strategic and exemplary.

Noting that this year marks the 30th anniversary of China-Singapore diplomatic ties, President Xi said the bilateral relationship was standing at a new historical starting point, and that the two sides should hold celebrations in flexible and diversified forms so as to deepen public support for their friendship.

The two sides, he suggested, should strengthen anti-epidemic cooperation and ensure the safety and health of each country’s citizens in the other.

The two countries should make good and full use of the “fast-track lane” to speed up their resumption of production and work and boost the development of their economies, he added, also calling for closer cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and better collaboration concerning the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor and third parties.

China, Xi said, would continue to deepen reform and opening-up and improve the domestic business environment, and hoped that the Singaporean side would provide sound conditions for Chinese enterprises doing business in the country.

China stood ready to work with Singapore to overcome distractions and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability, added the Chinese president.

For his part, Lee said the Covid-19 pandemic ad exerted a profound influence on the world, and that China had successfully contained the disease under Xi’s strong leadership.

Noting that Singapore and China had been supporting and helping each other in the fight against the virus, he said that has played a positive role in Singapore’s Covid-19 battle.