China's foreign minister visits Singapore

China's foreign minister has met with senior government officials of Singapore. They agreed to boost economic ties and enhance cooperation in fighting COVID-19.

Wang Yi met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday. Lee said in a Facebook post they had a productive and candid discussion on international and regional issues.

Wang also met with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Monday. Wang said China is ready to join hands with Singapore to overcome the pandemic and accelerate the economic recovery of both countries.

He also said they should work together to construct the Belt and Road initiative.

Balakrishnan said Singapore is ready to deepen ties with China in trade, investment and the digital economy.

Wang is on a four-nation tour of Asia. Singapore is his third stop after Vietnam and Cambodia.

US Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin recently visited Singapore and Vietnam.

Analysts say Beijing is aiming to counter an apparent attempt by US President Joe Biden's administration to create a network to contain China.