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PM Imran Khan was chosen to speak from the outset at the BRF, signifying the importance China gives to Pakistan: Lijian Zhao

  • May 12, 2019
PM Imran Khan was chosen to speak from the outset at the BRF, signifying the importance China gives to Pakistan: Lijian Zhao
Image caption PM Imran Khan was chosen to speak from the outset at the BRF, signifying the importance China gives to Pakistan: Lijian Zhao

ISLAMABAD: China has very close ties with Pakistan and accords high importance to these relations, as was evident from the very warm welcome given to Prime Minister Imran Khan during his recent visit to attend the Belt and Road Forum.

Lijian Zhao, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese Embassy, told a local private news channel that Prime Minister Imran Khan was chosen from amongst 40 international guests and he was one of the seven leaders to address the inaugural session. Zhao said the prime minister delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the BRF after the address of President Xi Jinping as a "special" gesture. He said although there were several sessions, Imran Khan was chosen to speak at the outset, signifying the importance China gives to its ties with Pakistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan paid an official visit to China from April 25-28 at the invitation of President Xi Jinping to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum and the opening ceremony of the Beijing International Horticulture Exhibition 2019. Zhao said Prime Minister Imran Khan also attended a banquet hosted by President Xi Jinping for the world leaders the same evening. He said the multilateral event also had a bilateral component and the prime minister, accompanied by ministers and senior officials, separately met President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqian. He said the prime minister and his delegation were hosted to a banquet by Vice President Wang Qishan. During the meetings, the two sides reviewed the entire range of bilateral relations, including China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and reaffirmed the resolve to further strengthen the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership in all dimensions.

The prime minister's second visit to China provided an important opportunity for exchange of views with the Chinese leadership on bilateral and regional issues and to invite Chinese businessmen and investors to explore the immense potential of Pakistani market.

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