Nawaz Sharif lands in China to talk energy, trade

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With issues of trade, investment and a port handover high on the list, prime minister Nawaz Sharif landed in Beijing on Wednesday.

Nawaz, on his maiden trip abroad after being elected as prime minister last month, will discuss issues relating to trade investment and bilateral cooperation with his Chinese counterpart.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that energy and infrastructure development are high on the agenda of the Prime Minister’s visit to China.

According to the official statement from the government, the significant feature of the premier’s visit is that, both the premiers will hold a second meeting within a span of less than two months.

Terror could be another of the topics of discussion with Chinese mountaineers being killed in Pakistan late last month while trying to scale the Nanga Parbat, the second highest peak in Pakistan. China had earlier in the week also lashed out at foreign powers trying to stoke militancy in China’s Xinjiang.

Premier Li Keqiaang during his visit to Islamabad in May this year had invited Nawaz Sharif to visit China.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz and first lady Kulsoom Nawaz were accorded a warm welcome when they arrived at the Beijing Capital International airport.

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.

Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Zhai Jun welcomed the Prime Minister and his entourage. Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan 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 Nawaz.

Nawaz is accompanied by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatimi on the five day tour.

Two provincial chief ministers, Balochistan’s Abdul Malik and Punjab’s Shahbaz Sharif have also joined the premier on the trip. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has a majority government in Punjab and a coalition government in Balochistan.

 

 

Source : The Express Tribune Pakistan | July 3, 2013

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