PM Lee to attend Apec and Asean summits in China and Myanmar

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will attend two back-to-back summits in China and Myanmar, over a five-day trip that starts on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will attend two back-to-back summits in China and Myanmar, over a five-day trip that starts on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will attend two back-to-back summits in China and Myanmar, over a five-day trip that starts on Sunday.

In Beijing, PM Lee will attend the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Economic Leaders' Meeting on Monday and Tuesday, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Saturday.

He will also give an address on Sunday at CapitaLand's China-Singapore Dialogue, where he is the guest of honour.

Also on his agenda in Beijing are bilateral meetings with other Apec leaders, the PMO statement said.

On Wednesday and Thursday, PM Lee will attend the 25th Asean summit and related meetings in Myanmar's capital of Naypyidaw.

The Asean leaders will discuss their progress so far in achieving the goal of an Asean Community by next year, and the direction Asean should take after 2015, the PMO said.

In addition, they will consider recommendations to strengthen the Asean Secretariat and to review the various organs of Asean, and will exchange views on regional and international developments.

The Southeast Asian leaders will also meet their counterparts from different countries during other meetings in Naypyidaw.

These include the 17th Asean Plus Three Summit, the 9th East Asia Summit, and summits with China, India, Japan, the United States and the United Nations Secretary-General.

Separately, Asean leaders will also mark the 40th anniversary of Asean-Australia relations in a commemorative summit with Australian leaders.

PM Lee will be accompanied by his wife for both visits. In Beijing, senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry will also be travelling with him.

In Naypyidaw, PM Lee will be accompanied by Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam and senior officials from the MFA.

During this period, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will be the Acting Prime Minister.