Singapore, China sign defence agreement to scale up army, navy exercises, establish regular dialogue

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Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen (L) and his Chinese counterpart General Wei (R) Fenghe shake hands at the signing of the updated defence agreement. (Photo: MINDEF)

Singapore and China on Sunday (Oct 20) signed an updated defence agreement to scale up bilateral military exercises, provide mutual logistics support and establish regular dialogues between their defence ministers.

The enhanced Agreement on Defence Exchanges and Security Cooperation (ADESC) formalises activities between Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), including port calls, bilateral exercises, mutual visits and cross-attendance of courses, MINDEF said in a news release on Sunday.

The countries had agreed to sign the enhanced ADESC in May when Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen formally met his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe at the MINDEF building ahead of the latter’s participation in the Shangri-La Dialogue.

Source: www.channelnewsasia.com

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