PM Visit to Further Bolster Ties between Pakistan and China: Mr. Yao Jing

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Islamabad: Mr. Yao Jing, ambassador of China to Pakistan said that the PM Imran Khan visit to china will further strengthen friendship between the two strategic partners. He was called on Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar in Islamabad to discuss the progress in china Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) projects . The Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing appreciated Minister for Planning for gearing up the momentum on CPEC portfolio. He expressed satisfaction on the pace of CPEC projects and said that ongoing phase of CPEC will bring about socio-economic benefits for the welfare of the people of Pakistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to leave for a three-day visit to China today to discuss regional and bilateral issues with its strategic partner, according to Radio Pakistan. Premier Imran will hold separate meetings with President Xi Jinping and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. He will also discuss expansion of projects under the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework.

It is expected that he will address the China-Pakistan Business Forum in Beijing to further promote economic and trade exchanges between the two neighboring countries.

PM Imran will also meet Chinese entrepreneurs and heads of different companies during the visit. The two sides will discuss immediate implementation of Phase-II of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement, signed between the two strategic cooperative partners to further enhance bilateral business and trade. They will also examine the abolition of quota for all Pakistani agro products like rice, wheat, corn, soybean, sugar and tobacco as Pakistan will prove to be a food basket for China.

Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan, and senior officials of the Ministry were also present in the meeting.

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