PM Kakar to meet President Xi during China visit next week

PM Kakar

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar is scheduled to travel to China to take part in the ‘Third Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation’ in Beijing from October 17 to 18.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced on X (formerly Twitter) that he will participate in the BRF’s opening ceremony and speak at the high-level forum titled ‘Connectivity in an Open Global Economy.’

Prime Minister Kakar is slated to hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit. The Third Belt and Road Forum in Beijing will see the participation of senior Chinese officials, business leaders, investors, and numerous world leaders.

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jillani discussed the upcoming visit, mentioning that Kakar will engage in talks regarding joint ventures with Chinese companies. They will also sign several memoranda of understanding (MoUs) encompassing agriculture, health, industry, green energy, and space technology cooperation.

The foreign minister emphasized that this visit will further strengthen the robust bilateral relationship between Pakistan and China, often referred to as “Iron Brothers.” It offers an opportunity to assess the entire spectrum of cooperation, including the ten years of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Belt and Road Initiative.

Furthermore, the caretaker prime minister is set to visit the Xinjiang region bordering Pakistan and eight neighboring countries.

Jalil Abbas Jillani highlighted CPEC as an economic success story and a model of excellent economic cooperation, despite certain security challenges. Both nations have effectively coordinated efforts to address terrorism, expressing satisfaction with ongoing bilateral cooperation. The completion of the first phase of CPEC marks the transition into the second phase, focusing on industrial, technological, and agricultural collaboration.

China is hosting its third Belt and Road forum from October 17 to 18, where foreign leaders are expected to attend. President Xi Jinping will deliver a keynote speech and host a welcome banquet for the event’s participants. Notably, Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed his attendance. This event commemorates the ten-year anniversary of the Belt and Road initiative, which has generated substantial contracts worldwide, equivalent in scale to some of the world’s largest economies.

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