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Singapore to join Biden Indo-Pacific pact, back China's CPTPP entry: Lee

Prime minister stresses need to 'maintain a balance' in exclusive interview

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks with Nikkei in an exclusive interview on May 20. (Photo by Takashi Nakano)

SINGAPORE -- Singapore intends to join the new U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework while also supporting China's entry into a multilateral free trade pact that does not currently include America, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told Nikkei in an exclusive interview.

Lee said Singapore wants to "nurture" links with a range of countries including Japan "and maintain a balance so that we have resilience and we are not overly dependent on any single party."

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