Guangzhou [China], March 27 (ANI): Malaysian Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrived in Guangzhou on Monday on his first trip to China in four years, accompanied by his wife and a delegation of about 50 Singapore officials, Strait Times reported.
The Singapore leader, accompanied by his wife, Madam Ho Ching, and a delegation of about 50 Singapore officials, was greeted on the tarmac at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport at around noon by Chinese officials bearing umbrellas under a persistent drizzle.
The Malaysian PM and his delegation were greeted by Guangdong vice-governor Zhang Xin, China's ambassador to Singapore Sun Haiyan, Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office director-general Liu Chenzi, and Guangzhou vice-mayor Tan Ping.
The southern city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province is Lee's first stop on his week-long visit to China. He will be hosted to lunch by Guangdong party secretary Huang Kunming and will meet Singaporeans in Guangzhou.
PM Lee will also give a speech at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in Hainan before going to Beijing, where he is scheduled to meet President Xi Jinping and newly minted Premier Li Qiang, who will host a welcome ceremony and a lunch banquet for the Singapore delegation.
PM Lee will also meet National People's Congress chairman Zhao Leji, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference chairman Wang Huning and Beijing party secretary Yin Li.
The Singapore Prime Minister's last visit to China was in April 2019, when he attended the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.
He is accompanied by Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and National Development Sim Ann, and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Law Rahayu Mahzam. (ANI)