China News Network, 3 Mar -- Recently, China has ushered in a new round of diplomatic upsurge. Dignitaries from many countries have started or will soon start their visits to China, and will have in-depth exchanges of views with China on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern.
At the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Qiang, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar and Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez will pay an official visit to China in conjunction with attending the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2023.
Infographic: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore. Photo by Zhang Chenyi, reporter of China News Agency
Among them, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrived in Guangzhou, China, on March 3 for a six-day visit. He is one of the most visited foreign leaders, and this visit is his second visit to China after four years.
Speaking to Singapore-China relations, Lee Hsien Loong said in an interview with the media before his trip that relations between the two countries are "very good" and that the rest of the world needs to realize that China today is not what it used to be. He also believes that China has played a greater role on the global stage.
Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar will embark on a four-day visit to China on March 3. This is also Anwar's first visit to China since assuming Prime Minister Ma.
Infographic: Prime Minister Anwar and his wife of Malaysia. Photo by Chen Yue
Prime Minister Zeng Minkai, political secretary, said, "Anwar's choice to visit China is representative to a certain extent. Anwar has visited Southeast Asian countries, and now he is visiting China, which is equivalent to stepping into the international stage as the leader of Southeast Asian countries. ”
Spanish Prime Minister Alexis Sanchez will pay an official visit to China on March 3-30. And just last week, after attending a European Council meeting in Brussels, Sanchez spoke about China at a press conference. "China has a global role, so it's clear that we have to listen to China," he said. ”
The Elysee Palace said President Emmanuel Macron would visit China in April, accompanied by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. This information was confirmed by the European Commission. The Elysee Palace press release also said that Macron's visit will include three main parts: strategic issues and international crises, cooperation in the face of major global challenges, and French-Chinese economic and trade relations.
Infographic: French President Emmanuel Macron.
In this regard, the US political news network (Politico) published an article saying that European leaders rushed to visit China, conveying the voice of "we cannot ignore China". On the one hand, European countries are trying to communicate with China on differences on security, trade, and other issues; On the other hand, some EU member states acknowledge that Europe should continue to engage with China regardless of the international situation.
Australian Premier Andrews also launched a four-day visit to China this week to discuss education, trade and culture. Mr Andrews said China was Victoria's largest and most important trading partner and it was important to further strengthen the relationship.
Andrews added, "This visit is not long, but it is a very important opportunity for us to impress our Chinese partners." "This is not my first visit to China, and it will not be the last." (End)