Singapore, China vow to strengthen defence cooperation hinh anh 1Singaporean Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (left) and Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense General Wei Fenghe conducted a Singapore-China Defence Ministers’ video conference on June 8. (Photo:  MINDEF via The Straights Times)
Singapore (VNA) – Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe have reaffirmed the longstanding, warm and friendly bilateral defence relationship between the two countries, according to a statement of the Singaporean Defence Ministry.

The statement said during a video conference on June 8, the ministers talked about regional security developments and how their militaries had supported the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

They reiterated their commitment to strengthen defence cooperation under an enhanced pact signed in 2019, and consented to regularly organise video conferences, and institutionalise and scale up flagship bilateral army and navy exercises, and regular academic exchanges.

They discussed practical ways to strengthen ASEAN-China defence cooperation and the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM)-Plus framework.

Posting on Facebook after the meeting, the Singaporean Defence Minister said he had extensive and comprehensive discussions with Gen Wei. They were both keen that military-to-military ties be kept warm despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and supported planned exercises between the two armies continuing this year./.