BEIJING (our reporter): Prime Minister Imran Khan touched down in Beijing Thursday evening for a four-day official visit that will include attending the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics and meetings with the Chinese leadership.
Assistant Foreign Minister of China Wu Jianghao received Prime Minister Imran Khan on his arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport.
PM Imran will attend the event to express solidarity with Beijing as some countries have boycotted the forthcoming Winter Olympic Games being held in the Chinese capital.
According to the PM Office, the premier was “accorded a red carpet welcome” upon his arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport.
He is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, and Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razzaq Dawood and Special Assistant on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Khalid Mansoor.
Besides attending the ceremony of Beijing Olympics, the Prime Minister will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang to discuss host of issues.
During the visit, a book titled ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – Investment Opportunities in Pakistan,’ will be presented to Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and businessmen.
Meanwhile, prior to departure, the accompanying ministers termed the Prime Minister’s visit to China of great significance.
In a statement, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Prime Minister’s visit to China will help promote high-level exchanges and expand bilateral relations in diverse sectors. He said several Chinese companies are desirous of making investments in Pakistan.
In his video message, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar expressed confidence that Chinese investment in Pakistan will further increase with the Prime Minister’s visit.
Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said the Prime Minister, during the visit, will propose the Chinese leadership to relocate their industry in Pakistan’s Special Economic Zones for a win-win situation besides extending assistance in agriculture.
In a video message, National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf said the visit will provide an opportunity to discuss ways to promote peace in Afghanistan.
The Advisor said Pakistan and China will make joint efforts to ensure that terrorism is not carried out from Afghanistan; rather the country becomes an opportunity for trade.