16 February, Beijing - On the evening of 15 February 2012, Liu Peng, China's Minister in charge of the General Administration of Sport (GASC) and President of the All-China Sports Federation (ACSF), met in Beijing with the visiting delegation from the Singapore Sports Council led by the SSC Chairman Richard Seow.
On behalf of both the GASC and ACSF, Liu Peng gave a dinner reception in honor of the Singaporean guests and the two sides exchanged views on related issues about sports development in both countries.
Liu Peng said China and Singapore are friendly neighbors and China has always attached great importance to strengthening ties with Singapore. Among other things sports, Liu added, was an important field, where the two countries have carried out many cooperation programs. Through mutual visits by sports teams, various training courses, frequent discussions about international sports affairs and participation in major world sports events, both China and Singapore have promoted their domestic sports development over the past years. Liu believed that the SSC Chairman's visit this time would mark a turning point for further exchanges and cooperation between the two sports circles.
Richard Seow said as a new leader of the SSC he himself was happy to see that Singapore and China have made so many positive exchanges in the sports field. He hoped to further promote such friendly relations during his term of office. He mentioned that China has attracted worldwide attention with its tremendous sports achievements in recent years, which afford Singapore experience in the course of its own sports development. He expected more opportunities for the two sides to cooperate with each other in the days to come.
During the meeting the two sports leaders also held discussions about preparation for the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games and development of grass-roots sports among the masses of people.