Prime Minister Imran Khan accompanied by his delegation concluded his four-day official visit to China. held talks with the top Chinese leadership. During these meetings, both the sides reviewed the entire range of bilateral relations including the CPEC. They reaffirmed the resolve to further strengthen the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership in all dimensions.
During his stay, the Prime Minister attended the following events:
2nd Belt and Road Forum
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday (April 26) delivered key note speech in opening session of Second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the event and said Xi said BR projects need to be transparent and fiscally sustainable.
Putting forward five points to further expand the Belt and Road Initiative, the prime minister said joint efforts were needed to mitigate the adverse impact of climate change, establish Belt and Road Initiative tourism corridors to promote people-to-people and intercultural understanding, anti-corruption efforts, poverty alleviation fund and concerted efforts to further liberalise trade and investment.
Leader’s Roundtable Session
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday (April 27) while addressing Leader’s Roundtable Session of 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, stressed the need for further boosting connectivity under the umbrella of Belt and Road Initiative.
ML-1 Railway-Line Agreement
Pakistan and China have agreed to upgrade ML-1 railway track from Peshawar to Karachi and signed the Declaration for Preliminary Design of ML-1, phase one.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang witnessed the signing ceremony, in which Pakistan Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad and Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing signed this agreement. Under the agreement, Pakistan’s Railways and China’s National Railway Administration will start construction work on this project.
Free Trade Agreement
Pakistan and China on Sunday (April 28) embarked on the new phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor by signing memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on the first Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and socio-economic development and a new agreement on free trade.
International Horticultural Expo
Prime Minister Imran Khan along with other world leaders participated in the opening ceremony of the six-month-long Beijing International Horticultural Expo and visited Pakistan Pavilion on Sunday (April 28).
Pakistan was one of the first countries to confirm the participation in the Expo, which fully reflected the friendly relations between China and Pakistan The expo will run from April 29 to October 7 at the foot of the Great Wall in the Chinese capital’s Yanqing District. More than 110 countries and international organisations as well as over 120 non-official exhibitors have confirmed participation.