Islamabad, Oct 7: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will on Monday embarked on an official three-day visit to China to hold discussions related to bilateral and regional relations, including issues surrounding Jammu and Kashmir and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) arrangement.
Radio Pakistan reported Khan’s visit to Beijing comes ahead of China’s President Xi Jinping’s bilateral visit to India and Nepal. During his visit, Khan is scheduled to hold meetings with Chinese premier Jinping and premier Li Keqiang.
According to news reports, Khan is slated to hold discussions over the expansion of projects under the stalled CPEC arrangement besides cooperation in different sectors, including agriculture, socio-economic, and industrial fields.
The Pakistan prime minister is also expected to participate in China Pakistan Business Forum in the capital Beijing in order to further promote trade and exchange between the two nations. During his visit, Khan is also likely to hold a meeting with Chinese entrepreneur, business experts and heads of several different companies.
Both sides are also expected to discuss the immediate implementation of Phase II of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement – inked between two strategic cooperative allies to strengthen and enhance trade and business relations.
Khan is likely to be accompanied by railway minister Sheikh Rasheed, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, finance adviser Hafeez Sheikh, and minister for planning Khusro Bakhtiar.