(ECNS) -- A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday said the leaders of Singapore, Malaysia and Spain will travel to Beijing after attending the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in Hainan.
The Chinese leadership will meet with and hold talks with them respectively for in-depth exchange of views on bilateral ties and international and regional issues of mutual interest, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said.
Mao said that Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is one of the foreign leaders that have paid the most visits to China. He made his last visit to China four years ago.
"China and Singapore are each other’s friendly neighbors and important cooperation partners. Our practical cooperation is a pacesetter in the region. We hope to take this visit as an opportunity to elevate and upgrade bilateral ties and steer cooperation towards even higher quality," she added.
"This will be Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s first visit to China in his current capacity. Malaysia is an important developing country and emerging economy in the region. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of China-Malaysia comprehensive strategic partnership and next year we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties," she said.
"We hope this visit will promote new progress in bilateral relations as our two countries work together towards a community with a shared future," she added.
"For Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, this will be his first visit to China. Spain is China’s important partner in the EU. This year marks the 50th anniversary of China-Spain diplomatic relations. We hope this visit will be an opportunity to blueprint the future development of bilateral relations and bring our comprehensive strategic partnership to a new height," the spokesperson said.