Imran Khan arrives in Beijing on official visit to China

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Beijing on a three day official visit to China at the invitation of Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang.

Chinese Cultural Minister Luo Shugang received him at the Airport.

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing and Pakistan envoy’s to China Naghmana Hashmi were also present.

Foreign Minster Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtiar and Chairman Board of Investment Zubair Gilani are also accompanied Prime Minister during the visit.

The Prime Minister would have meetings with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang will separately host banquets in honour of the Prime Minister. A number of Agreements/MoUs are expected to be signed at a ceremony to be witnessed by the two Prime Ministers.

The Chief of Army Staff will join the Prime Minister’s meetings with Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping.

The visit is in continuation of the long-established tradition of the leadership of the two countries meeting regularly and consulting closely on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The PM will exchange views on regional developments including the state of peace and security in South Asia arising from the situation in occupied Jammu & Kashmir since 5 August 2019.

The visit will be instrumental in further cementing Pakistan’s economic, investment and strategic ties with China. Among other things, the Prime Minister will apprise the Chinese leadership of the government’s recent landmark decisions to speed-up implementation of ongoing CPEC projects as well as efforts to project CPEC as a High-Quality Demonstration Project of BRI.

There will be interaction with senior representatives of the Chinese business and corporate sector for deepening bilateral trade, commercial and investment partnership. The Prime Minister will also be participating in the closing ceremony of the Beijing International Horticulture Expo, as a Chief Guest, where Premier Li Keqiang will be the host.

Pakistan and China are closest friends, staunch partners and ‘iron brothers’. The two countries are joined together in an “All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership”. This time-testedfriendship between the two countries is based on unparalleledmutual trust, understanding and commonality of interests.The leadership of both countries is fully committed to building closer China-Pakistan Community of Shared Future in the New Era.