PM Imran to leave for 4-day China visit today

PM Imran to leave for 4-day China visit today

Islamabad (Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan will leave for China on Thursday (today) on a four-day visit.

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, the premier will visit China from February 3 to 6 on the special invitation of the Chinese leadership.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China from February 3-6 to attend the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games,” the FO statement said.

The prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including members of the cabinet and senior government officials.

As a global event, the Olympic Games foster mutual understanding, inclusivity and friendship among the peoples of the world. Beijing will soon become the first city to host both summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games.

“It is highly admirable that the Chinese government has made meticulous arrangements for holding the Winter Olympic Games despite the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement added.

The FO said during the visit, the prime minister would hold bilateral meetings with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

“The leaders will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations, with a particular focus on stronger trade and economic cooperation including China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” it said.

A number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and Agreements will be concluded during the visit.

In Beijing, the prime minister will also meet prominent business leaders of China and representatives of leading Chinese think-tanks, academia and the media. He will also have other bilateral interactions on the sidelines.

The two sides will also hold wide-ranging exchange of views on major regional and international issues.

The statement added that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit will mark the culmination of celebrations commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China, with more than 140 events organised to showcase the resilience of the All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the unfolding international situation.

“It would thus renew the bilateral commitment to taking the iron-clad partnership between Pakistan and China to new heights and add impetus to cooperation across multiple domains,” the FO statement said.