BEIJING (9 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan reached Beijing on a four-day visit on Thursday.
Upon his arrival in Beijing, Prime Minister Imran Khan was received by Li Lifeng, Deputy Secretary-General, Beijing Municipal Committee of CPPCC, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing and Ambassador of Pakistan to China Masood Khalid.
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Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Minister for Water Resources Muhammad Faisal Vawda, Advisor on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood and Chairman Task Force on Science and Technology Dr Attaur Rehman are accompanying him.
At the time of his departure from Islamabad, the plane had to land soon after taking off due to glitch. After a thorough check-up by engineers, the plane again took off.
On the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Imran Khan is visiting China from April 25 to 28, 2019 to attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. The Forum will be inaugurated by President Xi Jinping on April 26.
Belt and Road Forum provides a platform to countries participating in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for exchanging views and experiences on regional connectivity; policy synergy; socio-economic development and trade and commerce. Leaders from 40 countries and delegations from over 100 countries, international organizations and corporate sector would participate in the event.
During the visit, the Prime Minister is accompanied by a ministerial delegation. He will deliver a keynote speech in the opening ceremony of the Forum and participate in the Leaders’ Round Table. He would also hold meetings with several Heads of State/Government and corporate and business leaders.
In addition to participating in the Belt and Road Forum, the Prime Minister would also hold bilateral meetings with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. Pakistan and China will also sign several MoUs and Agreements to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse areas.
Following the Forum, the Prime Minister will attend Beijing International Horticulture Exhibition-2019 and address Pakistan Trade and Investment Conference in Beijing.
This will be the second visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China. He had earlier paid a state visit to China in November last year.
Earlier in a statement before his departure, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his resolve to take all-weather strategic cooperative partnership to newer heights.
He expressed confidence that his visit will be instrumental to further expanding the scope and depth of the bilateral ties. “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative. CPEC will remain the top priority of his government. In Phase II of CPEC, we are jointly focusing on socio-economic development, job creation, livelihood projects and accelerating cooperation in agriculture and industrial cooperation including special economic zones,” he said.
The prime minister was of the view that China is our closest friend and iron brother. “I look forward to meet my good friends President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang for an in-depth exchange of views on all issues of mutual interest.”
PM Imran Khan said that it was a matter of great satisfaction for him that Pakistan-China bilateral ties are not only based on convergence of interests but are rooted in common experiences of past and high level of mutual trust and understanding.”This friendship is ingrained in the hearts and minds of our people. It would remain unaffected by any regional and international developments,” he added.