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    Sep 02, 2016

    PM's 4-day China trip includes G20 summit

    PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong will make a four-day trip to China today, which includes his first visit to Chongqing since the launch of a new Singapore-China project, and a visit to Hangzhou to attend the Group of 20 (G20) leaders' summit.

    While in Hangzhou, he will also have a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office yesterday.

    The visit to Chongqing is Mr Lee's first to the municipality since the launch last year of the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative (CCI), the third and latest Singapore-China government-led project.

    The other two projects are the Suzhou Industrial Park launched in 1994 and the Tianjin Eco-City launched in 2008.

    The CCI is aimed at boosting growth in China's less-developed western region, focusing on financial services, aviation, transport and logistics, and information and communication technology.

    PM Lee will meet Chongqing party boss Sun Zhengcai, who is in the elite 25-member Politburo of the Communist Party of China and considered one of China's future top leaders. Mr Sun will host Mr Lee to dinner.

    Mr Lee will also visit CapitaLand's $4.1 billion Raffles City Chongqing mixed-development project, which is located in the historic Chaotianmen area and the largest single investment by the real-estate company in China.

    The Singapore Business Federation will lead a delegation to the city during Mr Lee's visit.

    It will include companies with investments in Chongqing, as well as those hoping to enter the growing market.

    After his visit to Chongqing, Mr Lee will attend the G20 summit in Hangzhou, where he will join leaders from the world's 20 major economies in discussions on advancing global economic and financial cooperation to promote sustainable and inclusive growth.

    Singapore is not a member of the G20 but is among eight guest nations invited to the two-day summit, which starts on Sunday.

    Mr Xi had invited Mr Lee for the summit during his state visit to Singapore last November, which marked 25 years of diplomatic relations between both countries. It was during the visit that the CCI was officially launched.

    Mr Lee will be accompanied by his wife, Ho Ching, during his trip.

    Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will be Acting Prime Minister during Mr Lee's absence.