|Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, makes remarks at the opening ceremony of the China-Singapore Forum on Social Management, in Singapore, Sept. 21, 2012 (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
SINGAPORE, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- China and Singapore should step up their exchanges and cooperation to make contributions to a harmonious world and benefit the people of all countries, a senior Chinese official says.
Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, spoke Friday during the opening ceremony of the 2012 China-Singapore Forum on Social Management.
Zhou said social management, an indispensable part of management in the human society, has become even more important in a modern society.
"The world we are living in is undergoing profound and complicated changes ... However, uncertainties and instabilities are also on the rise," he said.
Zhou added that to enhance and innovate social management and to create a vibrant, harmonious and orderly social environment is a common task facing all countries and a shared goal that all nations seek.
The CPC and the Chinese government pay great attention to the issue and have made improving social management a major strategic task, with a lot of new experiences and tangible results, he said.
China is building a social management system with Chinese characteristics, Zhou said, adding that to strengthen and innovate social management has become a wide consensus of Chinese society.
"We will press ahead with reforms of the social management mechanisms, and continuously improve the quality of social management to ensure that our society is full of vitality, harmony and stability," Zhou said.
"Singapore has not only made world-recognized economic development, but also found a path of social management that is rooted in ancient oriental cultures with the benefits of modern civilization, resulting in an inclusive society with political stability, social harmony and friendly environment," Zhou said.
He made a four-point proposal for strengthening cooperation in social management between China and Singapore, including learning from each other and sharing experiences, working out solutions to common issues through in-depth discussions, expanding cooperation for common development, and introducing a cooperation mechanism for a bright future.
Although there is no one-size-fits-all solution for all countries' social management, considering their different basic national conditions, China and Singapore can still learn from each other, work together on common issues like aging populations, expand their collaboration areas and ultimately establish an effective cooperation mechanism on the issue, Zhou said.
China has been following Singapore's explorations in social management and has learned a lot from Singapore's success, he added.
Zhou is on a two-day visit to Singapore aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between China and the city state.