Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday arrived Beijing for his four-day official trip through China to “take the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership [between the two countries] to new heights”, said an official statement.
It denotes the head’s second official visit to the country since coming into power. His first visit had come in November a year ago, after which China’s President Xi Jinping had welcomed him again to go to the second Belt and Road Forum, which commences in Beijing on Friday.
The prime minister is envisioned accepting a bunch of roses at the airport. — PM Office
Upon entry in Beijing, the prime minister was received by Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing Municipal Committee of CPPCC, Li Lifeng, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Jing, and Ambassador of Pakistan to China, Masood Khalid.
The head was joined by Minister for Railways Sheik 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 Atta ur Rehman.
“China is our dearest companion and ‘iron brother’,” Prime Minister Imran had said before his takeoff. “I anticipate meeting my great companions President Xi and Premier Li for a top to bottom trade of perspectives on all issues of common interests”
The prime minister said that the Pak-China ties don’t simply emerge out of a “union of interests” yet are established in past shared encounters and an “abnormal state of common trust and comprehension”.
“This kinship is instilled in the hearts and brains of our kin. It would stay unaffected by any provincial and global improvements,” he included.
The head additionally expressed gratitude toward China “for its solid and unequivocal help to Pakistan’s autonomy, power and regional trustworthiness”, vowing that Pakistan also “will keep on remaining by China on all issues of its center intrigue”.
Besides, the leader said he “emphatically supports China’s vision of a quiet world dependent on win-win participation and network of shared fate and another model of advancement imagined in President Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative”.
Talking about the second period of the China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC), PM Imran noticed that the two nations “are together concentrating on financial advancement, work creation, just as job, agribusiness and modern activities, including Special Economic Zones”.