02 Jun '11, 12am

Dr. Angela Merkel: S'pore an 'ideal vantage point' for German firms via

Dr. Angela Merkel: S'pore an 'ideal vantage point' for German firms via

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Istana yesterday, where they had an hour-long meeting. -- ST PHOTO: BRYAN VAN DER BEEK View more photos SINGAPORE'S considerable economic clout and reach into South-east Asia makes it an ideal vantage point for German companies, visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday. Following discussions with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shortly after she arrived here, the German leader said she also saw a need to enhance cooperation between the European Union and Asean. 'We see it as a vast potential that has yet to be fully realised,' she said after their hour-long meeting at the Istana. 'The relationship between the EU and Asean needs to be further developed because these are two economic regions that wield quite considerable economic clout and therefore lend themselves ideally to cooperat...

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