Prime Minister Imran Khan’s three-day official visit to Beijing commenced on Tuesday as he reached the Chinese capital to further bolster the strategic relationship between the two countries.
The premier is visiting Beijing on the invitation of Premier of the State Council of the Peoples’ Republic of China Li Keqiang.
This is PM’s third official tour of the neighbouring country since coming to power last year.
PM Imran is accompanied by a high-level civil and military delegation, including Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid, Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtiar besides his advisers on commerce and petroleum and Chairman of the Board of Investment (BOI) Zubair Gilani.
Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa will also join the prime minister’s meetings with President Xi and Premier Li on Tuesday.
Both sides will exchange views on the regional situation, particularly in the aftermath of India’s illegal August 5 move to change the status of Indian Occupied Kashmir( IOK).
“The visit of the prime minister is in continuation of the long-established tradition of the leaderships of the two countries meeting regularly and consulting closely on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Monday.
Among other things, the prime minister will apprise the Chinese leadership of the government’s recent decisions to speed up implementation of ongoing projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
There will also 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 attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing International Horticulture Expo, as the chief guest.
(This news/article originally appeared in The Express Tribune on October 8th, 2019)