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March 27, 2024

The 6th US-Singapore Strategic Partnership Dialogue Focuses on Tech and Climate

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March 27, 2024

On February 27, Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Albert Chua and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink co-chaired the 6th United-States Strategic Partnership Dialogue. They focused on enhancing cooperation across sectors such as critical and emerging technologies, energy, climate change, and regional capacity building. Discussions highlighted the importance of the US-Singapore bilateral economic relationship by welcoming the 20th anniversary of the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreements (USSFTA), reviewing the U.S.-Singapore Partnership for Growth and Innovation (PGI), and acknowledging close cooperation on the Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF).
Both parties committed to strengthening strategic ties in the areas of technology and climate by exploring emerging areas of collaborations under the inaugural U.S-Singapore CET Dialogue and the US-Singapore Climate Partnership. Potential areas for cooperation include AI, the digital economy, biotechnology, critical infrastructure, defense innovation, quantum information science and technology, regional energy transition, low- and zero-emission technologies, nature-based solutions, and carbon markets. Additionally, they also discussed partnership efforts in civil nuclear energy technologies, aligning with Singapore's commitment to decarbonization. The co-chairs also reiterated support for ASEAN’s clean energy transition and the ASEAN Power Grid.
Discussions also encompassed partnerships in defense & security, capacity building in Southeast Asia, upholding the rules-based international order, reinforcing ASEAN centrality. Assistant Secretary Kritenbrink traveled to Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Brunei from February 23 to March 4 to underscore the United States’ strong commitment to Southeast Asia.

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