Mr Lee’s delegation to China will comprise Madam Ho Ching, Foreign Affairs 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, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Law Rahayu Mahzam as well as government officials.
In Guangdong, Mr Lee will be hosted to lunch by Secretary of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) Guangdong Provincial Committee Huang Kunming. He is also slated to meet Singaporeans based in the coastal province.
Mr Lee will then deliver a speech at the Bo’ao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference in Hainan, where the theme is “An Uncertain World: Solidarity and Cooperation for Development amid Challenges”.
While in Hainan, he will attend an official lunch hosted by Premier Li, for foreign leaders attending the conference. He will also meet with Secretary of the CPC Hainan Provincial Committee Feng Fei.
In Beijing, apart from meeting Mr Xi, Mr Lee will also attend a welcome ceremony and lunch banquet hosted by Premier Li.
The Singapore Prime Minister will then meet with numbers three and four in the CPC hierarchy: National People’s Congress Chairman Zhao Leji and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Chairman Wang Huning.
Mr Lee will also meet with Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee Yin Li.
In Mr Lee’s absence, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong will be Acting Prime Minister from Mar 27 to Mar 28, followed by Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean from Mar 29 to Apr 1.