SINGAPORE - Chinese President Xi Jinping's two-day visit to Singapore on Friday (Nov 6) and Saturday was packed back-to-back with events, including a historic meeting with Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou.
This was his first state visit to Singapore as president, and he was accompanied by his wife, the elegantly-dressed Peng Liyuan.
Here are six things he did.
1. Straight from the airport to the Istana
The Chinese leader arrived at about 5.30pm on Friday on an Air China flight from Vietnam, where he had been on an official visit, and was driven in an Audi A8 W12 bearing the licence plate S1 to the Istana.
Dr Tan said Singapore and China share a unique bilateral relationship built on wide-ranging cooperation that evolves with the times. Mr Xi noted that ties between the two countries have reached a new level of development and cited a Chinese saying that means the higher you stand, the farther you see.
A crowd was waiting, some waving miniature China flags.
Among them were housewife Lu Guan Le, 39, whose two young daughters love "Peng Mama's" clothes, and online marketing manager William Lee, who said: "I'm normally the sort to wake up at noon on Saturday but it's not every day that the president comes to a city you're living in. This is a very intimate chance to see him up close."
3. Next stop: Singapore Lecture
After half an hour at the China Cultural Centre, he was off to the National University of Singapore's Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music where he gave a Singapore Lecture.
The "starting point and ultimate purpose" of China's policy in the South China Sea is the maintenance of peace and stability, Mr Xi said, adding that a stable environment for development is the "common interest of all Asian countries".
He also lauded the "hardworking and visionary people of Singapore" who have built the city into one of most advanced countries in Asia, and paid tribute to the "the great statesmen who forged this relationship, Deng Xiaoping and Lee Kuan Yew".
He and Mr Lee witnessed letters exchanged between their officials to launch negotiations to upgrade the bilateral free trade agreement.
Other agreements signed include one to kickstart the third government-to-government project between the two countries, which will be sited in Chongqing in China's western region, and one expanding cooperation between both education ministries.
It was the first top-level contact between the sides since they split 66 years ago.
A minute-long handshake started the meeting on a good note.
In opening remarks, Mr Xi spoke of how the two sides are "one family" and cannot be pulled apart. Mr Ma had a five-point wishlist for the meeting, including strengthening the 1992 consensus and maintaining cross-strait peace.
The 50-minute meeting was later followed by dinner where both sides went Dutch, and then it was the flight home.
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