Ministerial Committee's purposes not innocent, claim Lee siblings

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Singapore PM's siblings offer truce in family feud

THE younger siblings of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have said on Thursday that they will stop presenting evidence on social media, and looked forward to settling a weeks-long dispute with PM Lee in private.

The G20 summit in Germany should strengthen worldwide cooperation and Berlin remains committed to the implementation of a major climate protection agreement, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday on the eve of the gathering in Hamburg.

In a sign of warming ties, it comes soon after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang accepted PM Lee's invitation to visit Singapore.

Recounting their surprise when they learnt that the Cabinet had convened a committee, the siblings said it "rapidly became clear that the Ministerial Committee was just a way for (PM Lee) to secretly attack" the demolition clause regarding the house in their father's will. "He did not want Singaporeans to create a cult around him", they said.

The Belt and Road initiative will not only benefit regional countries economically but enhance China's contribution to globalisation and regional development, the statement said.

Singapore is willing to continue its support for and participation in the Belt and Road construction, carry out major inter-governmental projects, and expand its cooperation with China in finance, high-speed railways and free trade area, he added.

Today, his brother and sister also released a document summing up what they say is the evidence against the leader, and repeated their central claim he was trying to block the destruction of the century-old bungalow. Singapore is the current coordinator of Asean-China dialogue relations, and will chair Asean next year.

During their meeting in Hamburg, PM Lee congratulated President Xi on the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China under the "One Country, Two Systems" framework.

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