Pak PM arrives in Beijing, will discuss with Xi Jinping on increasing investment and strengthening relations

BEIJING: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has arrived in Beijing to strengthen bilateral ties, request for more assistance to rescue the country from economic crisis and discuss investment possibilities and will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders on the above issues. Sharif, who is on a five-day official visit to China from June 4, visited the ultra-modern city of Shenzhen on Wednesday and addressed a meeting of investors. During his stay here, Sharif will meet Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang and other leaders, reported Pakistan’s official news agency APP.

He will also attend a Pakistan-China relations and business event and hold meetings with chief executives of major Chinese companies working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. Several MoUs are expected to be signed between the two countries on cooperation in various sectors, the report reported. Pakistan’s cash-strapped economy is facing a severe crisis and it has formally requested the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout of between $6 billion and $8 billion.

Addressing an investors’ meet in Shenzhen, Sharif also assured Chinese employees of full security from the recurring terror attacks on them. Sharif (72), a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), is in China on his first foreign visit after becoming prime minister for the second time when his party-led coalition government was formed in March.

Addressing the ‘Pakistan-China Business Forum’, Sharif assured all possible facilities to Chinese investors and security of Chinese citizens, projects and investments in Pakistan. He said that his government has taken various steps to ensure full security to protect Chinese workers in Pakistan.

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