High-level Pakistani delegation arrives in Beijing

Published: July 6, 2014
A file photo of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. PHOTO: ASIM SHAHZAD/EXPRESS

A file photo of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. PHOTO: ASIM SHAHZAD/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday that Pakistan and China’s friendship has transformed into a bilaterally beneficial partnership.

A high-level delegation, headed by Shahbaz, arrived in Beijing today to hold meetings with Chinese authorities about projects being implemented with the cooperation of China in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

The chief minister said that China is cooperating with Pakistan in the development of infrastructure, power generation, and other sectors. He said his visit to the country would further promote economic ties between the two countries.

The delegation will hold discussions about starting work on Pak-China economic corridor, energy projects, Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park in Lahore and cooperation in textile field. Matters pertaining to Gwadar, Gaddani and Thar Coal projects will also come under discussion.

The delegation includes Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi, Secretary Economic Affairs Division Saleem Sethi and Secretary Water and Power Nargis Sethi.

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  • Had enough
    Jul 6, 2014 - 9:33PM

    Please push the economic corridor implemented as soon as possible….

    This is a great initiative

    Also please ensure a proper law and order system so our chinese friends can feel secure about making additional investments


  • Vectra
    Jul 6, 2014 - 9:39PM

    can anybody guess how many times this person will visit china in his 5 year tenure.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jul 6, 2014 - 9:47PM

    I have never seen the Chinese media use such flowery words and phrases. The love is for sure, totally one-sided. The sooner, Pakistan loses its blinkers, the better, else it will be a big heart-break soon.


  • Avtar
    Jul 6, 2014 - 10:21PM

    Mr Shahbaz leading this delegation, as well as lead in other central govt. initiatives, I wonder if Shahbaz should resign his post as CM and join the central government. Or one is to assume that central and the Punjab government are one now!


  • jk
    Jul 6, 2014 - 11:59PM

    Best of luck for your endeavors towards a prosperous Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ali Pakistani
    Jul 7, 2014 - 7:43AM

    Shahbaz is in the province but involved in the center.

    Other relatives are already there in the royal court. The daughter, the daughter’s father in law, son in law, nephew and other friends and family.

    Therefore the government is one big happy family, in one big happy party.

    The country is at war, but the political leadership is engrossed in its own world.


  • Ali Pakistani
    Jul 7, 2014 - 8:27AM

    Do we have am embassy in China?

    Doesn’t seem to work though.

    Every time the government even think of a dialogue, instead of the embassy doing the required, the political leadership along with the favorite cronies have to run to China themselves.

    All on funds that could be used on the IDPS instead,

    But then if they don’t travel, how will the ‘democratically elected’ leaders and their dubiously appointed cronies will party?


  • Pakistani
    Jul 7, 2014 - 8:31AM

    I hope they raise the issue that our muslim brothers and sisters are facing in Xinjiang, China. But again, it’s PML-N, so I should not expect such things from them! Prove me wrong?


  • goldconsumer
    Jul 7, 2014 - 9:01AM

    Shahbaz shareef would discuss matter related to Thar coal, Gaddani and Gawader
    I think he should change his designation to deputy PM and save all the fuss..


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