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China comments on President's Ma's trip to Singapore

Taipei, March 24 (CNA) China on Tuesday reaffirmed its "one China" principle in response to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's current visit to Singapore to pay his last respects to Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who died Monday. China said its stance on the development of relations between its diplomatic allies and Taiwan is consistent and clear. "We believe that the Singapore side will act in accordance with the 'one China' principle to carefully and appropriately deal with the relevant issue related to Taiwan," China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying (???) said at a press conference. Lee always upheld the "one China" policy and also did a lot of work that was beneficial to the development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations, which China appreciates, Hua said. Ma is in Singapore to attend a private family wake for Lee, the founding father of the city state, who died early Monday at the age of 91. Fan Liqing (???), spokeswoman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of China's State Council, also spoke of the relevance of the "one China" policy in the current situation. "We hope all parties concerned will follow the 'one China' principle to carefully and appropriately deal with the relevant issue related to Taiwanese representatives paying their respects to Lee, Fan said. Singapore maintains a close informal relationship with Taiwan, and the two countries signed a free trade pact in 2013. (By Lawrence Chiu and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-18 20:02 GMT+08:00