Video: Pakistan PM Imran Khan arrives in China

Imran Khan, Beijing, China, Kashmir, Xi Jinping, Pakistan PM

Beijing - This is Khan's third visit to China since he took over as the prime minister.



By PTI

Published: Tue 8 Oct 2019, 12:49 PM

Last updated: Tue 8 Oct 2019, 2:51 PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Beijing on a two-day visit to China during which he will hold talks with the top Chinese leadership, including President Xi Jinping, and discuss issues of regional and bilateral significance. Prime Minister Khan was received by Chinese Minister for Culture Luo Shugang, Ambassador of China to Pakistan Yao Jing and the Pakistan officials, Pakistan's state-run APP news agency reported.

Khan will reportedly meet the country's top leadership, including President Xi, and discuss issues of regional and bilateral significance.

Khan's visit to China, third since he took over as prime minister in August last year, acquires significance as it comes days ahead of President Xi's planned high-profile visit to India to take part in the 2nd informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mamallapuram near Chennai this week.

However, there has been no official announcement yet on Xi's visit to India.

Khan will have separate meetings with President Xi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to discuss issues of regional and bilateral significance, an earlier APP report said.

Khan's visit takes place at a time when tensions have spiked between Pakistan and India after New Delhi ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.

Beijing, the all-weather ally of Islamabad, has backed Pakistan over the Kashmir issue, with its Foreign Minister Wang Yi saying, "no actions that would unilaterally change the status quo should be taken".

Khan will also discuss expansion of projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework besides cooperation in agriculture, industrial and socioeconomic sectors, the report said.

Khan is also expected to attend the China-Pakistan Business Forum in Beijing on Tuesday.


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