PERMANENT SECRETARY (DEFENCE) SIGNS AGREEMENT ON DEFENCE EXCHANGES AND SECURITY COOPERATION WITH CHINA AT INAUGURAL DEFENCE POLICY DIALOGUE

1.                Permanent Secretary for Defence Mr Chiang Chie Foo is visiting China from 6 to 8 Jan 08 to co-chair the inaugural China-Singapore Defence Policy Dialogue (DPD) with the People�s Liberation Army (PLA) Deputy Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General (LG) Ma Xiaotian. As part of the DPD, Mr Chiang and LG Ma exchanged views on regional security and discussed defence exchanges and security cooperation between Singapore and China. During the visit, Mr Chiang also called on Chinese Defence Minister General (GEN) Cao Gangchuan and visited the PLA Academy of Military Science.

 

2.                At the conclusion of the DPD, Mr Chiang and LG Ma signed the bilateral Agreement on Defence Exchanges and Security Cooperation. The Agreement will formalise on-going activities between MINDEF and the PLA such as the exchanges of visits, attendance at courses and seminars, and port calls. The agreement also includes new areas of cooperation such as Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief. The signing of the agreement marks a significant milestone in Singapore�s bilateral defence relationship and is testament to the growing defence ties between Singapore and China.

 

 


FACT SHEET

ON THE AGREEMENT ON DEFENCE EXCHANGES AND

SECURITY COOPERATION

BETWEEN CHINA AND SINGAPORE

 

 

1.                 The Singapore Ministry of Defence and the PRC People�s Liberation Army (PLA) signed the Agreement on Defence Exchanges and Security Cooperation on 7 Jan 08. The Agreement was signed between Permanent Secretary of Defence Mr Chiang Chie Foo and PLA Deputy Chief of Staff LG Ma Xiaotian on behalf of their respective defence ministries. The Agreement reaffirms the warm and close friendship between the People�s Republic of China and the Republic of Singapore, as well as their mutual desire to strengthen defence exchanges and security cooperation.  

 

2.                 The proposal to enhance defence cooperation between the two countries was first raised during Minister Teo Chee Hean�s meeting with Chinese Defence Minister GEN Cao Gangchuan in November 2005. Subsequently, during GEN Cao�s visit to Singapore in April 2006, both Defence Ministers agreed that the two countries should work towards signing a defence agreement to provide a framework for developing the bilateral defence partnership.

 

3.                 The Agreement on Defence Exchanges and Security Cooperation is the first defence agreement to be signed between China and Singapore, and is a natural progression from the deepening of bilateral economic and diplomatic ties in recent years.