Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Republic of Singapore on Friday in a bid to strengthen relations between the two countries and to mark 25 years of diplomatic ties.
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat also accompanied Chinese Madame Peng Liyuan, they accompanied Xi on this visit.
This is the first visit of Xi after he became the president of People’s Republic of China, he last visited Singapore in 2010 when he was vice-president of the country.
President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam welcomed Xi Jinping for a state banquet at Istana on Friday evening.
Xi Jinping, in his reception speech he touched on the 50th year of independence and 25th year of diplomatic relations. He said cooperation has become wide ranging and multifaceted.
“Government to government (G to G) cooperation projects represented by the Suzhou Industrial Park and the Tianjin Eco City and cooperation projects at the sub-national level are all making good progress,” said Xi Jinping.
“China will work with Singapore to seize the momentum, enhance political trust and deepen practical cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit and strengthen coordination and collaboration on international and global issues.”
It is expected that China will sign the Memoranda of Understanding with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday.
Two Corridors and One Economic Circle with Vietnam
President of China Xi Jinping also met with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang on Friday in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi in a bid to expand common grounds and deepen cooperation.
Xi stressed that both countries which are socialist and are governed by communist parties should enhance their strategic coordination.
Xi also pointed out that with the purpose of enhancing relations, China is willing to align China’s Belt and Road Initiative with Vietnam’s Two Corridors and One Economic Circle plan and forge friendly exchanges between civilians.
Vietnam’s Sang stressed the importance of the visit of Chinese Xi for strengthening the relations between the two countries and pointed out that it was necessary for further political development and also for mutual trust and business cooperation.
Old rivals, the first hand-shake
President Xi will visit Taiwan on Saturday, that would be the first visit between the two rival countries since 1949, right after the end of the Chinese Civil War.
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said that talks would focus on relations across the Taiwan Straits.
The handshake of both the leaders will finish a seven-year rapprochement under Taiwan’s Ma administration which aims to improve trade ties and remove the island’s China-sceptics.
People’s Republic of China claims sovereignty over Taiwan whose official name is the Republic of China.
Because the leaders do not formally recognise each other's legitimacy, they will not be addressing each other as “president”, instead using the title “Mister”.
In 1949, after Communist Party in the leadership of Mao Zedong took control of mainland China, Taiwan relocated itself to an island of Taiwan which is also known as Formosa.
Until 1971, Taiwan was representing China in the United Nations.
China took the seat of Taiwan in the UN via Resolution 2758, Taiwan consequently lost its seat. China then gradually gained international recognition and became a permanent member of the UN.