Chaudhry Ahsan Premee
Associated Press Service
Beijing, 2 November 2018: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting with President Xi Jinping in Great Hall of the People in Beijing today. The two leaders reviewed the Pakistan-China bilateral relations and held in-depth discussions on regional and global issues of mutual interest. President Xi Jinping congratulated Prime Minister Imran Khan on his election and assumption of office. He conveyed his desire to work with the Prime Minister for strengthening Pakistan-China strategic cooperative partnership for shared future.
Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked the Chinese President, government and the people of China for their warm sentiments. He congratulated them on the 40th anniversary of “Reform and Opening-up”, which has resulted in China’s meteoric rise. He stressed that friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy and expressed the earnest desire of his government to further consolidate this relationship.
The Prime Minister emphasized that President Xi’s vision of connectivity – Belt and Road, and its flagship project CPEC, would translate into a win-win for shared prosperity in the region and beyond. They reviewed the progress of CPEC, expressed satisfaction on its achievements, and undertook for its early completion to maximize the benefits for Pakistan.
President Xi underscored to the Prime Minister firm commitment to strengthen Pakistan-China Strategic Cooperative Partnership for Shared Future in the New Era. He reiterated China’s steadfast support to Pakistan on all issues of core interest.
The two leaders also discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest and agreed to work closely towards overcoming growing political-economic uncertainties. He underscored that Pakistan stands by China in safeguarding mutual interests, shared ideals and promoting multilateralism.
Prime Minister extended an invitation to President Xi Jinping to visit Pakistan. President Xi accepted the invitation. He was accompanied by Foreign Minister, Finance Minister, Minister for Railways, Minister for Planning, Advisor to PM on Commerce and Chief Minister Balochistan.
The Prime Minister is visiting China from 2-5 November 2018 on his first official visit to China.