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BEIJING – Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be on an official visit to China next week at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Mr Lee will be in China from Tuesday to Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying announced at a regular briefing on Friday (Sept 15).

During his visit, Mr Lee will meet Chinese leaders to exchange views on Singapore-China relations, as well as on issues that concern both countries, said Ms Hua.

Besides Beijing, Mr Lee will also visit Fujian province in south-eastern China.

Mr Lee visited China in September last year at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mr Lee’s four-day working visit took him to Chongqing and Hangzhou.

His trip to Chongqing was his first to the city since the launch of the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative in November 2015, the third government-to-government project between Singapore and China, after Suzhou Industrial Park in 1994 and Tianjin Eco-City in 2008.

The Chongqing Connectivity Initiative aims to boost development in China’s western regions.

During that visit, Mr Lee also took part in the Group of 20 (G-20) Leaders’ Summit in Hangzhou. Singapore is not a member of the G-20, but was among eight guest countries invited by China to take part in the high-level meeting.

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