US, Singapore strengthen strategic partnership

Kamala Harris’s Southeast Asia visit: US and Singapore strengthen strategic partnership

The United States and Singapore are long-standing strategic partners, and they have a long tradition of working closely to promote peace, stability, and prosperity in Southeast Asia and beyond.

US Vice President Kamala Harris (left) is welcomed by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (right) in Istana, Singapore on August 23. Photo: AFP

This assertion was emphasized by the Office of Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris in a quick statement released a few minutes ago, on the occasion of Ms. Harris’s visit to Singapore for 3 days from August 22.

According to a quick release from the Office of Vice President Kamala Harris,During 55 years of diplomatic relations, the United States and Singapore have developed extensive economic, cultural, and security cooperation. Thousands of American companies maintain a presence in Singapore, supporting 215,000 American jobs. Around 4,000 Singaporean students attend US universities each year, while 41 US universities maintain partnerships with Singaporean partners, supporting 110 exchange programs.

Singapore provides critical access for US military units deployed to the region, housing nearly 1,000 service members, civilians and their dependents, supporting port visits and sorties via military airfields. . Meanwhile, Singapore has the second largest military presence in the US, with about 1,000 service members and dependents stationed across the US.

According to the White House, Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Singapore this time reaffirms the excellent partnership between the two countries and opens up new platforms for cooperation on a wide range of key issues, including: respond to climate change and cyber threats; promote inclusive growth and innovation; accelerate growth, innovation and resilience of supply chains; fight Covid-19 and prepare for the next pandemic; common security challenges; and deepen people-to-people diplomacy.

Cooperation to respond to the climate crisis

The United States and Singapore will work together to respond to the climate crisis and increase climate ambition, by increasing climate finance spending, developing high-quality climate standards, and extend construct green capacity in Southeast Asia.

The two sides will launch the US-Singapore Climate Partnership, where both countries intend to work together to develop high-quality climate standards and strengthen the region’s ambitions for sustainable finance; cooperation in the field of climate and environmental financial risk management; supporting research and development of climate technology; develop clean energy infrastructure in the region; improving the sustainability of ports and shipping; while mobilizing private capital for climate mitigation and adaptation.

To launch the US-Singapore Climate Partnership, experts from the US Departments of Commerce, Energy, Transportation, and Finance will conduct bilateral consultations with the partner. Singapore to develop standards and medium-term work programmes.

The United States and Singapore are committed to intensifying efforts to promote smart, sustainable cities through the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) and the US-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership. Identifying buildings as a significant cause of greenhouse gas emissions, the US and Singapore plan to establish a new Green Building Program to work with the private sector to share best practices. and promote green building standards throughout ASEAN.

The two sides also plan to co-sponsor for expertise exchange programs in the field of smart city construction, bringing officials from the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) to Singapore and the US to establish connections and share expertise on topics such as water, transportation, energy, cybersecurity, and new technologies.

In addition, the two sides pledged to expand the US-Singapore Third National Training Program (TCTP) with new training courses on climate change and environmental sustainability.

Cybersecurity cooperation for a new era

The United States and Singapore have completed three agreements to expand cybersecurity cooperation, covering the financial sector, military engagement, and regional capacity building.

The US Department of Treasury and the Monetary Authority of Singapore have completed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding on Cybersecurity Cooperation, which aims to help the two countries’ financial sectors be better prepared and more resilient to threats. cyber threats, and facilitate bilateral information sharing on cyber threats to financial markets.

The Defense Ministries of the two countries have also completed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cyber ​​Cooperation, which will support broad defense cooperation to promote sharing of cybersecurity information, exchange of threat indicators, and more. , a combination of training and exercises in cyberspace, and other forms of military cooperation on cyber issues.

In addition, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and the Singapore Cybersecurity Authority (CSA) also completed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding to enhance information exchange on cyber threats. cyber environment and defense measures, strengthen cyber incident response coordination, and support cybersecurity capacity building across Southeast Asia.

Drive growth, innovation and supply chain resilience

The United States and Singapore will launch new partnerships to accelerate growth, innovation, and strengthen the resilience of supply chains.

The US Department of Commerce and Singapore’s Ministry of Industry and Trade are establishing a new US-Singapore Partnership for Growth and Innovation. This partnership will help strengthen trade and investment cooperation between the US and Singapore with its roots in four pillars: digital economy; energy and environmental technology; modern manufacturing, and health care.

Through this partnership, the two countries will address the immediate and long-term challenges facing both economies, including strengthening the resilience of supply chains. This partnership is built to promote inclusive economic growth, innovation, entrepreneurship, and shared prosperity in the United States and Singapore, and across the Indo-Pacific region. Binh Duong.

The US and Singapore are committed to a high-level dialogue on supply chains. This dialogue will include a discussion with the industry leaders of the two countries, followed by government-level discussions on strengthening collaborative efforts to enhance resilience. supply chains recovery.

Double efforts against Covid-19

The United States and Singapore will redouble their joint efforts to combat Covid-19 and prepare for the next pandemic, with particular emphasis on disease surveillance and clinical research.

With respect to tracking Covid-19 variants and emerging diseases, the US and Singapore are committed to working together to strengthen the region’s preparedness to respond as well as enhance the region’s overall capacity to prevention, detection, and response to Covid-19 and future health security threats.

This partnership will help improve the capacity of Southeast Asian countries to identify new variants of Covid-19 and provide early warning and monitor other emerging diseases through intelligence. Easy translation and gene sequencing.

Regarding Covid-19 research, the two countries are committed to cooperating in further research on Covid-19 treatments and preventing future outbreaks of infectious diseases.