Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was accorded a warm welcome when he arrived at the Beijing Capital International airport here on Wednesday.
At the Airport, two children attired in traditional dress presented bouquet to Prime Minister and first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz as they came out from the plane.
The Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Zhai Jun welcomed the Prime Minister and his entourage. Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khalid and senior diplomats of Pakistan Embassy and officials from Chinese government were also present on the occasion.
A smartly dressed contingent of the three services of People’s Liberation Army presented guard of honour to Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister is paying a 5-day official visit to China on the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiaang.
The Prime Minister will discuss issues relating to trade investment and bilateral cooperation with his Chinese counterpart.
The significant feature of the Prime Ministers’ China’s visit is that, both the premiers will hold a second meeting within a span of less that two months that illustrates close fraternity among the leadership of the two countries. Premier Li during his visit to Islamabad in May this year had invited
Prime Minister is accompanied by First Lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Mr. Tariq Fatimi and Chief Minister Balochistan Mr. Abdul Malik.
The premier’s first official visit to China would further strengthen Sino-Pak strategic bilateral ties.
in his meetings with the Chinese top leadership, Nawaz Sharif would also focus on Pakistan’s power sector, the development of Pakistani infrastructure, and the promotion of bilateral trade and commerce between the two neighbours.
Nawaz Sharif will meet with Chinese President Xi Jin Ping to discuss issues of regional and global importance and mutual interest, he said.
The prime minister is also scheduled to meet with top leaders and executives of Chinese financial institutions.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said earlier this week that Nawaz Sharif’s visit will “help promote pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.”
He said his country is willing to work with the new Pakistani government to implement the consensus reached during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Pakistan and the common views shared by the two countries’ leaders.
Yi met with Sartaj Aziz, advisor to the Pakistani prime minister on foreign affairs and national security, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Bandar Seri Begawan, Burnei on Tuesday.
A number of agreements and memorandums of understanding between are expected to be signed by the two countries during Nawaz Sharif’s five-day visit.