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SINGAPORE: Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will be on a two-day trip to Fujian, China, his ministry announced on Tuesday (March 30th).

“(His) visit reaffirms the long-standing and substantive relationship between Singapore and China, as the two countries cooperate to strengthen economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Singapore’s Foreign Ministry said (MFA).

During the two-day trip, Dr Balakrishnan will meet and be invited to a meal by PRC State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

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Dr Balakrishnan’s trip to Fujian follows recent trips to Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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Last Monday, Dr Balakrishnan met with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and Second Foreign Minister Erywan Pehin Yusof.

During the meeting with Mr. Erywan, the two ministers agreed that the current situation in Myanmar is deeply worrying and urged all parties in Myanmar to seek a peaceful solution.

In Malaysia, Dr Balakrishnan met his counterpart Hishammuddin Hussein in Putrajaya. The two countries reaffirmed their commitment to work towards mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccine certificates.

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The ministers also said Malaysia and Singapore are determined to restore cross-border travel between the two countries, in addition to the reciprocal green lane and periodic commuting agreement.

Last Thursday, Dr Balakrishnan met Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Jakarta for a two-day visit.

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At a joint press conference, the two ministers said the leaders of Singapore and Indonesia will meet in person at a retreat later this year.

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Dr Balakrishnan also said Singapore and Indonesia should ideally have the “same level of control” over COVID-19 transmissions before travel arrangements can resume.

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