Red-carpet welcome: Zardari arrives in Urumqi to participate in China-Eurasia Expo

Published: August 30, 2011
President Zardari received by the Vice Governor of Xinjiang on his arrival in Urumqi :PHOTO: PPI

President Zardari received by the Vice Governor of Xinjiang on his arrival in Urumqi :PHOTO: PPI


President Asif Ali Zardari received a red-carpet welcome when he arrived here on Tuesday on a three-day visit to China to participate in the first China-Eurasia Expo being held in Urumqi.

Upon arrival at the Urumqi airport, the president was received by the vice governor of Xinjiang province. Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan and other officials from the Pakistan embassy were also present at the airport to receive the president.

The president, besides attending the expo, will meet the Chinese Vice Premier Li Kequang during the visit. He will also hold meetings with Chinese corporate leaders to discuss the prospects of enhanced Pakistan-China trade and investment cooperation in diverse fields.

Besides attending the opening ceremony of China-Eurasia Expo 2011, the president will address the China-Eurasia Forum on Economic Development and Cooperation on Thursday.

He will also visit the Pakistani pavilion being set up at the expo.

The first China-Eurasia expo, which will replace the former Urumqi Foreign Economic Relations and Trade Fair, is expected to be a platform for diplomacy between China and the Eurasian states.

Ambassador Masood Khan said that Pakistan, owing to its territorial and historic linkages with Xinjiang, could benefit from the fast development of the region.

He said that President Zardari had a vision for regional economic development through enhanced connectivity. He said that the president’s participation in the expo and the key-note address during the China-Eurasia Forum on Economic Development and Cooperation would provide him with a good opportunity to share his thoughts on regional economic integration.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 31st,  2011.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Lollers
    Aug 30, 2011 - 6:43PM

    Yet another occasion for the pres to dodge the pak public by not having to appear out in the open for Eid prayers or give any remarks.


  • Aug 30, 2011 - 7:27PM

    What again? he went last month only?


  • OutsideTown
    Aug 30, 2011 - 9:11PM

    It’s spelt Li Keqiang not Li Kequang. An embarassing mistake in such a fine publication.


  • dr sabk
    Aug 31, 2011 - 1:21AM

    salam from urumqi…..wellcome presisent..we are here to wellcome you…


  • Mohan Ram
    Aug 31, 2011 - 3:46AM

    Should it not have been a green carpet since china is already red. Red on Red cannot be seen


  • rk
    Aug 31, 2011 - 9:26PM

    Red carpet welcome??? really??? There was no one fron Chinbese govt – no chinese president or any other govt head who had come to welcome your President!! What a shame!!! Your president arrives to a supposedly all weather friend, and no one who matters in the “all weather friend”s” country is there to welcome your president!! SHame. Recommend

  • MKhan
    Sep 1, 2011 - 12:38AM


    Although your spellings are most commonly used in English all across.
    Both are wrong possible spellings based on actual pronunciation. Chinese is a language written in characters not alphabets and when other words translated to Chinese as well as Chinese spelled in English confusion arises. A very simple example is name of country China itself. It is named after Emperor Qin of Qin dynasty, although written as Qin it is pronounced as Chin. There are many more examples especially is names that are spelled very differently in English than how they are pronounced in Chinese. According to one of my China born friends it is pronounced as Li (Lee) Keh-Chiang. Go to and translate 李克強 from auto select to Chinese (traditional) and listen to the pronunciation.


  • OutsideTown
    Sep 1, 2011 - 11:31AM

    I am going on the name provided and used in the official Chinese Government publications and websites. For example a profile on (The Chinese Central Government’s Official Web Portal) for Vice Premier Li Keqiang uses this: And this is in the written context, not the pronunciation context. So I believe I am correct.


  • MKhan
    Sep 1, 2011 - 6:20PM

    As I mentioned in my earlier post you are correct based on most widely used and accepted spellings.

    AND most widely used and accepted spellings are wrong based on pronounciation.


  • Zain Kamran
    Sep 3, 2011 - 1:11AM , ever wonder sharing pictures with us ?
    more than one ? so that we don’t have to google or hit some other website ?


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