Chinese Premier Li Keqiang accepts PM Lee's invitation to visit Singapore

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam (left) is seen with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the World Economic Forum Summer Davos in Dalian, China.
Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam (left) is seen with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the World Economic Forum Summer Davos in Dalian, China. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

DALIAN, China - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has accepted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s invitation to make an official visit to Singapore.

The invitation was conveyed by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Tuesday (June 27), when he called on Mr Li on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s Summer Davos meeting in Dalian.
 
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said that Mr Li accepted and looked forward to the visit, although no date was given.
 
The bilateral meeting saw Mr Tharman convey the Singapore people’s and leaders’ concern to those affected by the recent landslide in Sichuan that left at least 15 dead and more than 100 still missing. Mr Li thanked him for Singapore’s expression of concern.
 
The two leaders said that the next phase of Singapore-China ties should see greater cooperation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, expedite the conclusion of the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement upgrade and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade agreement, and continued efforts to promote stronger Asean-China ties when Singapore becomes Asean chair next year. 
 
 

Singapore is also the coordinator of Asean-China dialogue relations.

 
Mr Li last met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Laotian capital of Vientiane in September 2016 on the sidelines of the Asean Summit.
 
In the same month, Mr Lee also met Chinese President Xi Jinping when both leaders were at the G-20 Summit in Hangzhou.