Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China
Prime Minister Imran Khan is arriving in Beijing today for a four-day visit state visit to China at the invitation of President Xi Jinping.
The Prime Minister is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including cabinet members and senior government officials. Twenty-one sectors have been highlighted to be discussed. This visit reflects a strong sense of solidarity of Pakistan with China.
During the visit, Chinese President Xi Jinping will receive Prime Minister Imran Khan, and there will be high-level talks with Premier Li Keqiang. Discussions will be held on building more substantial and lasting economic, trade, political and strategic partnerships in diverse sectors, especially China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
China has remained as central as the jewel in the crown of Pakistan’s foreign policy and diplomatic ties with any country globally. These outstanding relations are indeed sweeter than honey and higher than the Himalayas and based on strong sense of Iron brotherhood that is crafted on the hearts of the people from both sides.
Primarily, Pakistan hopes to attract investment in several sectors, including information technology, furniture, agriculture, automobile, footwear, textiles, and pharmaceuticals. Pakistani business community eyes on freight train services currently operating among China, Central Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Europe as an effort of global connectivity.
Before the visit to China, Prime Minister was briefed on the visit and planned discussions for investment, trade, information, technology, and exports expected to build between the two brotherly countries. The apex leadership will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relationships with the main focus on CPEC.
In addition to diplomatic engagements, PM Imran Khan will meet the business leaders, journalists, and think tank representatives of China during his stay in Beijing, coupled with leaders of major regional and international organizations to exchange views on a wide range of mutual interests.
This important bilateral visit will culminate the celebrations of the seventy years of solid diplomatic ties where more than 140 events were organized to commemorate the momentous occasion.
The Prime Minister's important visit will reinforce and foster the strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.
After assuming the highest government office, this visit will be the fourth one by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The visit was also scheduled after two years, especially as China was courageously battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, President Arif Alvi made a state-level visit right at the outset of the pandemic to show a strong respect for China's courage and resilience in its fight against the pandemic.
Both Pakistan and China are developing new partnerships and keeping a close eye on the changing regional situations, especially after the tumultuous US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Both countries always worked for a peaceful and stable region to build sustainable peace in a region marred with conflicts and poverty. The visit will be a watershed moment in our glorious history of strong seven-decade relations and will build overall confidence to strengthen each other for a common destiny of peace and prosperity.
(Muhammad Asif Noor, the writer is Founder President Friends of BRI Forum)