Washington DC, 26 October 2022 (TDI): State officials from the United States (US) and Singapore met in Washington DC on October 25, 2022, for the fifth US-Singapore Strategic Partnership Dialogue.

US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Kritenbrink, and Singapore’s Permanent Foreign Affairs Secretary, Albert Chua co-chaired the dialogue.

According to a joint statement released by Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this dialogue is to strengthen bilateral cooperation to overcome regional and global challenges.

Economic Cooperation

Both officials reviewed the ongoing area of cooperation between both countries. They exchanged views to expand collaboration in areas of defense, economy, and climate change.

Likewise, cooperation in the sectors of clean energy, health security, technology, cyber security, and regional capacity building was also discussed.

The US and Singapore share a commitment to promote broad-based economic growth in both countries and the Indo-Pacific region.

Both countries look forward to enhancing the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) for a free, fair, resilient, inclusive, stable, secure, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

Besides that, both sides restated the commitment to bolster global health security for future pandemics like COVID-19.

In addition, they reaffirmed their support for Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, & Response (PPR) at the World Bank. US & Singapore also discussed new areas of cooperation under the US-Singapore Climate Partnership.

Both countries commended the successful conduct of joint cooperation on climate mitigation, clean energy, and environmental sustainability through the Smart Cities Green Buildings Program.

Moreover, they emphasized the importance of cooperation in emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

The two welcomed the successful launch of the US-Singapore Cyber Dialogue to coordinate cyber cooperation and jointly address cyber threats. US and Singapore reaffirmed allegiance to the UN framework of responsible state behavior in cyberspace.

Global and Regional Security Dynamics

Moreover, the co-chairs also considered regional and global development along with upholding rule-based international law.

US’ Assistant Secretary of East Asia and Pacific Affairs stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and called for a peaceful resolution of a dispute.

Singapore also highlighted the importance of stable US-China relations for regional and global peace, stability, and prosperity.

Along with that, both countries talked about the importance of ASEAN and applauded the US-ASEAN ties for strengthening regional cooperation and security dynamics.

The co-chairs reaffirmed the US-Singapore bilateral defense partnership. Singapore agreed to provide the United States its military facilities access and the US agreed to train Singaporean military and security cooperation.

Both sides condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and reaffirmed imposing financial sanctions against Russia.

Lastly, the co-chairs emphasized bilateral counter-proliferation cooperation between US and Singapore and the 15th annual Counter Proliferation Dialogue in 2023.