PM Imran Khan to leave for leading World capital, meetings with global leaders being planned

PM Imran Khan to leave for leading World capital, meetings with global leaders being planned

ISLAMABAD: PM Imran Khan is likely to leave for China where he would hold meetings with global leaders, things are being planned.

As per media report, Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to visit China in April.

He will join other foreign heads of state and top governments officials at the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation being held in Beijing.

The BRI, proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, has brought countries and regions together through enhanced trade, infrastructure development, investment, cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

A total of 152 countries and international organisations have signed cooperation documents with China on the initiative over the past six years, official statistics show.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has been informally invited by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Forum.

“Chinese and Pakistani diplomatic channels have been opened to discuss modalities of the upcoming trip of Prime Minister Imran Khan. In this regard, China’s Minister for Public Security would visit Pakistan this month to formally invite prime minister Imran Khan,” the source said.

China’s State Counselor, also the foreign minister, Mr Wang Yi has revealed that thousands of delegates from over 100 countries are expected to attend the Forum.

Wang Yi says China will fully implement the eight major initiatives announced at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, and continuously deepen Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation.

Wang says the BRI is instead an “economic pie” due to which East Africa now has its first expressway, the Maldives has built its first inter-island bridge, Belarus is able to produce sedans and Kazakhstan is connected to the sea. Southeast Asia is constructing a high-speed railway.

“And the Eurasian continent is benefiting from the longest distance freight train service. It is not a geopolitical tool, but a great opportunity for shared development,” Wang Yi says.

Experts believe that China, in the backdrop of a fast changing world, is all set to offer Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) as a major diplomatic and development initiative and Belt and Road Forum would prove to be another milestone in this regard.