China President Xi Jinping to make state visit to Singapore from Nov 6 to 7

Chinese President Xi Jinping will be making his first state visit to Singapore from Nov 6-7.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will be making his first state visit to Singapore from Nov 6-7. PHOTO: REUTERS

China's President Xi Jinping will visit Singapore from Nov 6 to 7, according to the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During a regular briefing to the media on Thursday (Oct 29),  ministry spokesman Lu Kang revealed these dates for Mr Xi’s first state visit to Singapore.

He will be arriving in Singapore from Vietnam, which he will also be visiting from Nov 5 at the invitation of  General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam  Nguyen Phu Trong and Vietnamese President Truong Tan San.

Mr Xi, who last visited Singapore in 2010 as China's vice-president, will be making the trip as part of an exchange of state visits this year, with President Tony Tan Keng Yam visiting Beijing and Tianjin from end-June.

It caps a year-long series of celebrations to mark 25 years of diplomatic ties.

Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean had announced Mr Xi's visit on Oct 13, as he met Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli at the annual meeting of the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation.