BEIJING: Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao has said Singapore serves as a "mirror" for China's industrialisation in its previous phase of development and for China's urbanisation in its next phase of development.
By studying Singapore, China could get a preview of future problems it might face and draw ideas for possible solutions.
Mr Li said this during a meeting with Singapore's Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday.
Mr Khaw is in Beijing to co-chair the 6th meeting of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Joint Working Group.
He expressed Singapore's concern for the Chinese passengers on board MH370 and their families.
He informed Mr Li that Singapore has been assisting Malaysia to locate the missing aircraft and said that Singapore would continue to support ongoing multi-national efforts.
A statement from the Ministry of National Development said Mr Khaw and Mr Li expressed satisfaction with the good progress of the Tianjin Eco-City, and noted the strong support for the project by the top leaders of both countries.
And as China enters a new phase of development, the Tianjin Eco-City could serve as a model of sustainable urban development for other Chinese cities.
The two leaders were also pleased to note the continuing success of the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.
Mr Khaw informed Mr Li that the Lee Kuan Yew World Cities Prize 2014 will be awarded to Suzhou City, and thanked the Chinese Vice President for his past contributions to the success of the project, particularly as Party Secretary of Jiangsu Province.
Mr Khaw and Mr Li reaffirmed the strong and unique partnership of both countries in the area of human resource development.
The leaders said given the similar challenges faced by Singapore and China, both sides can benefit from sharing experiences in many areas such as urbanisation, economic modernisation, governance and the promotion of social harmony.
The two leaders also affirmed the value of the Sino-Singapore Leadership Forum as a platform for conducting such exchanges. - CNA/de
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