September 01, 2015 10:50
President Park Geun-hye will have a busy schedule in China. After arrival on Wednesday, she will meet her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in the morning and Premier Li Keqiang in the afternoon.
The day ends with a welcoming dinner with the leaders of several countries on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
On Thursday, Park will be at the main ceremony in Tiananmen Square which starts at 10 a.m. She will then attend a lunch reception.
A massive military parade will be watched by leaders from 30 countries such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, and leaders of Vietnam, South Africa, and Uzbekistan, and other government representatives, including French and Italian foreign ministers and the U.S. ambassador to China.
Park is expected to stand between Xi and Putin.
Also on hand will be representatives of 10 international and regional organizations like UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan.
Former heads of states like former Japanese prime minister Tomiichi Murayama, former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder, and former British prime minister Tony Blair will also attend.
Park flies to Shanghai that afternoon for the reopening on Friday morning of the restored building of the provisional Korean government set up there during the Japanese occupation.
She will then meet Korean expats over lunch and talk with Korean and Chinese businesspeople and return home that afternoon.
Park will be accompanied by an entourage of 156 businesspeople. Ahn Jong-beom, the senior presidential secretary for economic affairs, told reporters on Monday, "The largest-ever group of Korean businesspeople will attend the business forum to be held in Shanghai on Friday."
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