Singapore hosts China’s leading diplomat Sep 15, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaBangkok Three weeks after the visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday hosted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for what he said was “a productive and candid discussion on international and regional affairs.” Lee said Singapore “welcomes China’s continued contribution in our part of the world” and that his government would “continue working with China to build a more harmonious and peaceful world.” Shortly after landing in Singapore on Monday, Wang discussed implementing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a 15-country deal described as the world’s biggest trade agreement when it was signed late last year, with counterpart minister Vivian Balakrishnan.Balakrishnan said he “welcomed China’s interest in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership,” a separate trade deal involving 11 countries that was instigated by the US before being jettisoned by the Trump administration.Wang’s Singapore visit comes before he flies to South Korea and after earlier stops in Cambodia and Vietnam, where US Vice President Harris visited in August and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin the month before.Vietnam and the US both dispute Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Chinese metropolis of Xiamen goes into lockdown after COVID outbreak Sep 15, 2021 0 0 Biden to meet leaders of Australia, India and Japan Sep 15, 2021 0 0 Foreign forces must leave Syria, Putin tells Assad in Moscow Sep 15, 2021 0 0 Israel to seal off Palestinian territories ahead of Yom Kippur Tel Aviv - The Israeli army is sealing off the Palestinian territories ahead of Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday on the Jewish calendar, which begins at sunset on Wednesday. The West Bank and Gaza border crossings will be .. Putin self-isolating due to coronavirus cases within his inner circle Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolating after people in his “inner circle” tested positive for coronavirus, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. Putin, 68, will not hold face-to-face meetings for the time .. Philippines to relax COVID curbs despite high case count dpa Manila The Philippines will ease coronavirus restrictions in the capital region starting this week, in a bid to boost economic activity despite high numbers of new Covid-19 cases, the government said on Tuesday. The .. Singapore news website forced offline over foreign funds allegations Bangkok: Two weeks after losing a defamation suit filed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore news portal The Online Citizen’s website and social media operating licences were on Tuesday suspended by the .. Unknown assailants free 240 inmates in attack on Nigerian jail Lagos: Unknown assailants freed 240 prisoners from a jail in the West African country of Nigeria during a deadly overnight attack. The prison in the town of Kabba in the central state of Kogi was attacked by several heavily ..