PM Shehbaz Sharif Heads to China for 5-Day Official Visit

PM Shehbaz Sharif Departs for 5-Day Official Visit to China, Upon Invitation of Premier Li Keqiang

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif embarked on a five-day official visit to China, aimed at strengthening economic ties and exploring business opportunities.

During his visit, PM Shehbaz will participate in a business-to-business forum and hold discussions with representatives from 79 Pakistani companies and their Chinese counterparts.

This visit marks PM Shehbaz’s first official trip to China since assuming office.

China is committed to enhancing collaboration with Pakistan, aiming for sustained bilateral economic cooperation and fostering new initiatives for the future.

PM Shehbaz will hold meetings and discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and the Chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, Li Zhanshu. The leaders will engage in detailed exchanges on various aspects of China-Pakistan relations, formulate joint initiatives for promoting mutual cooperation, and enhance bilateral ties for a prosperous future.

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In addition to Beijing, PM Shehbaz will also visit Guangdong and Shanxi provinces.

Both countries have engaged in high-level exchanges, collaborated on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and maintained strong ties in international and regional affairs.

Under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), substantial investments have been made, including direct investments totaling $25 billion and $40 billion, creating 236,000 jobs, constructing 510 kilometers of highways, generating over 8,000 megawatts of electricity, and establishing an 886-kilometer core transmission network, contributing to Pakistan’s economic and social development.

During the second phase of CPEC, both countries will implement important agreements reached by their leaders, focusing on practical development and policy coordination. Upgrading the ML-1 railway line, reviving Gwadar Port, and advancing mega projects will be prioritized to accelerate progress.

Both nations will strengthen cooperation in various sectors, including industry, agriculture, mining, energy, information technology, and promote further dialogue and trade liberalization to boost bilateral relations.

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