Xi Arrives in Korea This Afternoon

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive for a state visit in Seoul on Thursday afternoon. They start their two-day schedule with an official welcoming ceremony at Cheong Wa Dae.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and his wife Peng Liyuan Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and his wife Peng Liyuan

They then have busy separate schedules. Xi will immediately sit down with President Park Geun-hye, first for a one-on-one meeting and then an expanded meeting with their entourage.

Following the summit, they will sign an agreement and give a joint press conference before attending a state dinner.

In the meantime, Peng will tour Changdeok Palace and the Secret Garden in downtown Seoul and watch a traditional cultural performance. She will be chaperoned by Cho Yoon-sun, the senior presidential secretary for political affairs.

The following day Xi visits the office of National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa. Xi will not make a speech there, unlike his predecessors Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, but give a lecture at Seoul National University.

Park is preparing a special luncheon for the couple.

On Friday afternoon, Xi meets Prime Minister Jung Hong-won and attend a business forum in downtown Seoul with about 450 Korean and Chinese businesspeople.

The couple then meet with Chinese expats here before flying home.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 03, 2014 09:22 KST