Gifts exchanged

(From far left) Madam Peng Liyuan, President Xi Jinping, President Tony Tan, his wife Mary and Pathlight student Glenn Phua who did the drawing. (Above) The tea and coffee set presented to Dr Tan.
(From far left) Madam Peng Liyuan, President Xi Jinping, President Tony Tan, his wife Mary and Pathlight student Glenn Phua who did the drawing. ST PHOTOS: SEAH KWANG PENG
(From far left) Madam Peng Liyuan, President Xi Jinping, President Tony Tan, his wife Mary and Pathlight student Glenn Phua who did the drawing. (Above) The tea and coffee set presented to Dr Tan.
(Above) The tea and coffee set presented to Dr Tan.ST PHOTOS: SEAH KWANG PENG

President Tony Tan Keng Yam and China's President Xi Jinping exchanged gifts with iconic images of their two countries at the Istana yesterday.

Mr Xi, who is here on a state visit, received a drawing of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The drawing depicts the intricate, leafy design of the Gardens' Tanglin Gate, set against a detailed background of foliage. Its artist is teenager Glenn Phua, a student at Pathlight School, the first autism-focused school that offers the curriculum of national schools.

Mr Xi and his wife, Madam Peng Liyuan, will visit the Gardens today where they will have an orchid hybrid named in their honour. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs Lee will host them to lunch at the Corner House restaurant in the Gardens.

Dr Tan received a bone china tea and coffee set, decorated with motifs of the Great Wall of China and Singapore's Merlion.

Charissa Yong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2015, with the headline 'Gifts exchanged'. Print Edition | Subscribe