Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be on an official visit to China next week at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, according to a press statement by the Prime Minister's Office yesterday.
PM Lee will land in Beijing on Tuesday as the first stop of his three-day visit, in which he will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li - who will host a welcome ceremony and dinner banquet - and top legislator Zhang Dejiang, the statement said.
Besides Beijing, PM Lee will also visit the south-eastern province of Fujian, where provincial party chief You Quan will host lunch.
In Xiamen, PM Lee will visit ST Aerospace Technologies (Xiamen) Company and the Fujian (Xiamen)-Singapore Friendship Polyclinic, the first polyclinic jointly established by Singapore and China in 2011.
PM Lee will also attend a commemorative event to mark the completion of the refurbishment of the facade of the OCBC Building, according to the statement.
PM Lee will be accompanied on his trip by Mrs Lee, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing and Parliamentary Secretary Amrin Amin.
During his absence, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will be Acting Prime Minister.
Correction note: In our earlier story, we referred to Xiamen as the provincial capital of Fujian. This is incorrect. We are sorry for the error.