Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Singapore for state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Singapore for state visit
PHOTO: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Singapore on Friday evening (Nov 6) for a two-day state visit, local media reported.

He is accompanied by his wife Madam Peng Liyuan and several other senior officials.

Singapore and China are set to adopt a new strategic framework. President Xi's visit also marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday outlined President's Xi itinerary during his state visit. On his arrival, the Chinese leader will attend an official welcome ceremony hosted by Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the Istana.

President Tan and his wife will also host a state banquet in honour of President Xi, Madam Peng and their delegation.

On Saturday (Nov 7), the Chinese leader will meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and witness a signing ceremony where several Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and agreements will be signed.

President Xi and Madam Peng will visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens where an orchid hybrid "Papilionanda" will be named in their honour, and later attend a private lunch hosted by PM Lee.

The Chinese leader will deliver the 36th Singapore Lecture at the National University of Singapore, which will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean.

President Xi and Emeritus Minister Goh Chok Tong will also officiate the opening of the China Cultural Centre located along Queen Street.

During his visit, the Chinese leader will also meet with Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou for a landmark meeting faciliated by Singapore.

minlee@sph.com.sg

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