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    Prime Minister Imran Khan China visit; meets with President Xi Jinping and other high ups

    Chitral Times Report


    Beijing/Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting with President Xi Jinping in Great Hall of the People in Beijing today. The two leaders reviewed the Pakistan-China bilateral relations and held in-depth discussions on regional and global issues of mutual interest. President Xi Jinping congratulated Prime Minister Imran Khan on his election and assumption of office. He conveyed his desire to work with the Prime Minister for strengthening Pakistan-China strategic cooperative partnership for shared future, says a press release received here today from Beijing. Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked the Chinese President, government and the people of China for their warm sentiments. He congratulated them on the 40th anniversary of “Reform and Opening-up”, which has resulted in China’s meteoric rise. He stressed that friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy and expressed the earnest desire of his government to further consolidate this relationship. The Prime Minister emphasized that President Xi’s vision of connectivity – Belt and Road, and its flagship project CPEC, would translate into a win-win for shared prosperity in the region and beyond. They reviewed the progress of CPEC, expressed satisfaction on its achievements, and undertook for its early completion to maximize the benefits for Pakistan. President Xi underscored to the Prime Minister firm commitment to strengthen Pakistan-China Strategic Cooperative Partnership for Shared Future in the New Era. He reiterated China’s steadfast support to Pakistan on all issues of core interest. The two leaders also discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest and agreed to work closely towards overcoming growing political-economic uncertainties. He underscored that Pakistan stands by China in safeguarding mutual interests, shared ideals and promoting multilateralism. Prime Minister extended an invitation to President Xi Jinping to visit Pakistan. President Xi accepted the invitation. He was accompanied by Foreign Minister, Finance Minister, Minister for Railways, Minister for Planning, Advisor to PM on Commerce and Chief Minister Balochistan. The Prime Minister is visiting China from 2-5 November 2018 on his first official visit to China.


    Meanwhile Mr. JinLiqun, President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing today. The Prime Minister stated that, as a founding member of the AIIB, Pakistan fully supports the Bank’s mission. The AIIB had achieved good results in a very short span of time since its establishment in 2016 and was financing projects in Pakistan. Pakistan looks forward to strengthening its cooperation with the AIIB. The Prime Minister informed President AIIB that his government had prioritized economic revival and structural reforms. The government is also making all-out efforts for poverty alleviation. The Prime Minister underscored that several cooperation opportunities existed in Pakistan’s power generation and transmission, transport, water supply sectors. The Prime Minister welcomed AIIB to explore projects in these areas. President Jin stated that the AIIB was committed to supporting projects in Pakistan. AIIB would actively engage with Pakistan to review project proposals and look forward to playing its role in Pakistan’s economic development, while upholding the shared principles of openness transparency, independence and accountability. It was also agreed to expedite disbursements for projects in the pipeline.

    Another meeting;

    Mr. Song Tao, Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee (IDCPC) called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing today. Prime Minister recalled that Mr. Song’s visit to Pakistan in October had cemented bilateral relationship and fostered greater mutual understanding. Pakistan attaches importance to relations with China, and was committed to enhancing cooperation across the board. The Prime Minister noted that the goodwill amongst the peoples of Pakistan and China provided firm basis for the Pakistan-China All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership for Shared Future. As the representatives of their respective nations, relations between the ruling parties in both countries were of paramount importance. Pakistan fully shared the IDCPC’s mission of promoting people to people contacts, including exchanges between political parties, academia, media, youth, women and think tanks. These exchanges would ensure that the exceptional friendship between Pakistan and China endures from generation to generation. Mr. Song stated that the Prime Minister’s first official visit to China since assuming office was in keeping with the time-honoured traditions of the special friendship between Pakistan and China. He reaffirmed that the IDCPC would always play its role in strengthening Pakistan-China relations, which have always enjoyed a special place in China’s international relations.



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