Chinese vice president to visit four nations

Updated: 2010-11-11 19:51


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BEIJING - Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping will pay official visits to Singapore, South Africa, Angola and Botswana from Nov 14 to 24, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Thursday.

Xi will pay the visits at the invitations of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Angolan Vice President Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos and Botswanan Vice President Mompati Merafhe.

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During the visits, Xi will meet the leaders of the four nations and exchange views on bilateral ties and regional and international issues.

According to Hong, during his stay in Singapore, Xi will address a reception marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Singapore.

He will also attend a ceremony where a monument for late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping will be unveiled and a foundation-laying ceremony for a Chinese culture center.

In South Africa, Xi and Motlanthe will co-chair the fourth meeting of the China-South Africa Bi-National Commission.

Xi will also deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of a seminar on the 10th anniversary of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum.

"We believe the visits will push forward the friendly and cooperative relationships between China and the four countries while advancing China-ASEAN ties and China-Africa relations," Hong said.

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