PM Imran Khan to attend Beijing Olympics opening ceremony
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China next month to attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Olympics and hold discussions on bilateral ties between the two countries, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said on Thursday, according to The News.
The announcement that PM Imran Khan will attend the event follows a boycott announced by western countries including the United States, Britain, Australia, and Canada, while North Korea was the latest country to pull out, citing the pandemic.
Though athletes from around the world will travel to compete in the four-yearly event, no dignitaries from these western countries are expected to watch the games.
PM Imran Khan will arrive in Beijing for a three-day official visit from February 3 to 5 at the invitation of the Chinese leadership. During the visit, he will hold important meetings with China’s top leadership, said the spokesperson during his weekly news briefing in the federal capital.
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), strategic cooperation between the two countries, bilateral ties, trade and other issues will be discussed during the meetings, the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said Pakistan welcomes the Global Development Initiative put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping as a timely and well-intentioned step to facilitate implementation of the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development. He noted it will help promote international cooperation required to overcome the triple challenges faced by the world of COVID-19, the economic crisis due to it, and climate change.
Responding to a question, the spokesperson said that Pakistan and China are strong development partners and "we look forward to further strengthening this partnership under China's Global Development Initiative".