Musharraf to visit China

ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf is going on a six-day state visit to China on Thursday on the invitation of Chinese President Mr. Hu Jintao. The visit is part of regular, high-level interaction between the two countries, which is a hallmark of close bilateral ties. It will provide an opportunity to both sides to review the entire gamut of bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and global developments.

The President’s visit starts at Sanya where he will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Mr. Hu Jintao where both the leaders would ink various agreements and MoUs that would give an impetus to bilateral cooperation. President Musharraf will hold talks with Premier Wen Jiabao, Mr. Wu Bangguo and other Chinese leadership in Beijing and would also attend the BOAO Forum for Asia where he will be a keynote speaker. The theme for this year’s Forum is “GREEN ASIA: Moving towards Win-Win through Changes”.

President Musharraf would meet the President of Sri Lanka, Prime Ministers of Australia and Kazakhstan on the sidelines of the forum. President would spend the last leg of the visit will take the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China bordering Pakistan.

He would meet the Xinjiang leadership and discuss prospects of increased cooperation between Xinjiang region and our Northern Areas and North West Frontier Province. The President will also be meeting the Chinese business community at Beijing and in Urumqi. Leaders of business and corporate sector of China will call on the President.

The President’s visit will further strengthen the all-weather and time-tested friendship between Pakistan and China and deepen the multi-faceted strategic cooperation. Pakistan-China Joint Five Year Economic Plan signed in November 2006 and the Free Trade Agreement operational since last year has bolstered the bilateral economic cooperation. The trade between the two sides is now $ 6.8 billion and both sides are committed to achieve a trade target of $15 billion by 2011.-SANA

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