Australia and Singapore signed a “green economy” deal on Tuesday, as the two nations team up on financing, technology and climate investment.
The agreement will begin with a list of environmental goods and services being earmarked for preferential trade treatment, said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, speaking at a news conference in Canberra.
“It will support the transition of our countries to net zero emissions as well as create jobs and growth opportunities in green sectors, and promote the development and commercialisation of green technologies,” Lee said.
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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese cited the A$30 billion ($18.8 billion) Sun Cable project, which aims to export solar power from Northern Australia to Singapore via Indonesia, as an example of what the agreement aims to achieve.
“A project like Sun Cable which has the potential to export clean energy to Singapore is the ultimate win-win,” Albanese said.
Lee, asked about US export controls targeting the Chinese semiconductor industry, told the news conference the issue was “very serious” and raised concerns about economic decoupling.
“We do worry that valid national security considerations may trigger further consequences and may result in less economic cooperation, less interdependency, less trust and possibly ultimately a less stable world,” he said.
The leaders also discussed a major cybersecurity breach at Optus, an Australian telecom owned by Singapore-listed Singtel. Lee said Singaporean cybersecurity agencies had contacted their Australian counterparts and offered assistance.
- Reuters, with additional editing from Alfie Habershon
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