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China, Singapore enhance bilateral defence co-operation

22 October 2019
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China and Singapore have decided to step up bilateral defence ties by signing an enhanced Agreement on Defence Exchanges and Security Cooperation (ADESC).

The deal was signed by Chinese Minister of National Defense General Wei Fenghe and Singapore’s Minister for Defence, Ng Eng Hen, who visited China from 17 to 22 October 2019 to, among other things, attend the opening ceremony of 7th International Military Sports Council (CISM) Military World Games in Wuhan and speak at the 9th Beijing Xiangshan Forum.

The ADESC, which was first signed in 2008, formalises activities between the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces, including port calls, bilateral exercises, mutual visits, and cross-attendance of courses.

Under the enhanced ADESC, bilateral defence co-operation between China and Singapore will be stepped up significantly to include the establishment of a regular China-Singapore Defence Ministers’ Dialogue, a visiting forces agreement for troops participating in bilateral exercises, a mutual logistics support arrangement, and a bilateral hotline, according to the MINDEF.

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