SINGAPORE - Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security, Minister for Home Affairs, and Minister-in-charge of the Civil Service Teo Chee Hean will visit the People's Republic of China from April 7 to 12.
DPM Teo will be visiting China at the invitation of Mr Zhao Leji, Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Minister of the Organisation Department of the CPC Central Committee.
While there, DPM Teo will stop by Shanghai to attend Singapore Day on April 11, where he will join about 5,000 Singaporeans in commemorating the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence and in paying tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
DPM Teo will be in Beijing from April 7 to 9 and head to Jinggangshan in Jiangxi Province from April 9 to 10. He will then travel to Shanghai from April 11 to 12.
In Beijing, DPM Teo will meet Member of the CPC Politburo Standing Committee and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, as well as State Councillor and Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun.
In Jinggangshan, he will co-chair with Minister Zhao Leji at the 5th China-Singapore Forum on Leadership at the China Executive Leadership Academy Jinggangshan (CELAJ). The theme of this year's Forum is "Fostering Consensus with Our People and Building National Unity". DPM Teo and Minister Zhao will deliver opening addresses at the Forum.
DPM Teo and his delegation will also be hosted to a Welcome Dinner by Minister Zhao. He will also meet with Secretary of the CPC Jiangxi Provincial Committee Mr Qiang Wei.
First hosted by China in 2009, the Forum on Leadership is a strategic platform for political leaders and senior officials of Singapore and China to discuss and exchange experiences on common challenges related to leadership development.
He will also visit the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) RSS Resolution, which is making a port call at Wusong Naval Base, to interact with RSN servicemen.
While in Shanghai, DPM Teo will meet Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee Han Zheng.
DPM Teo will be accompanied by different Ministers on various legs of the trip including Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat; Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu; Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Dr Amy Khor; Minister of State for National Development and Defence Dr Maliki Osman; as well as senior officials from various Ministries and statutory boards, including four Permanent Secretaries.