On Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan began a four-day official visit to China to meet President Xi Jinping, which will conclude on Sunday.
There is a high-level delegation accompanying the prime minister, including the foreign minister and finance minister. Also accompanying the prime minister are the information minister and National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yousuf, as well as the adviser on commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood.
In China, Prime Minister Khan will meet with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in a bilateral setting during his visit. Both sides will examine the entire spectrum of bilateral relations, with a particular emphasis on increased trade and economic cooperation, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
They will also engage in a wide-ranging exchange of viewpoints on major regional and international issues of concern to them. During the visit, a number of Memorandums of Understanding and agreements would be signed.
In Beijing, Prime Minister Khan will also meet with prominent Chinese business leaders, as well as representatives from leading Chinese think tanks, academia, and the media. On the sidelines, he will engage in a variety of other bilateral interactions.
As the Foreign Office stated in a statement, “the Prime Minister’s visit would mark the culmination of celebrations commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China, with more than 140 events being organized to demonstrate the resilience of the All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the unfolding international situation.”
This would serve to renew the bilateral commitment to achieving new heights in the iron-clad partnership between Pakistan and China while also providing an impetus for cooperation across multiple domains,” the statement said.