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Pakistan Dy PM lands in Beijing, set for high-level talks with Chinese leaders

Last week, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal was on a visit to China, where the agenda was to discuss taking forward the second phase of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) (Representative image: iStock)

By: Vibhuti Pathak

Deputy Prime Minister Isaq Dar arrived in Beijing to co-chair the 5th Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue on Monday (13). Dar, also responsible for the country’s Ministry of External Affairs, was warmly received by Ambassador Wang Fu Kang and Pakistan’s envoy to China Dr. Khalil Hashmi, as shared by the Foreign Office on social media.

The strategic dialogue, which will run from May 13 to May 16, will see Dar engage in discussions covering a spectrum of issues in Pakistan-China relations, including economic and trade collaborations, high-level diplomatic interactions, enhancements to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and forthcoming connectivity ventures.

The trip underscores the commitment of both nations to deepen the ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership’, reaffirm mutual support on core interest issues, enhance economic and trade cooperation, including CPEC, and reinforce a joint commitment to regional peace and development.

This marks the first visit of the current newly formed government after the PML-N-led government came to power following the February 8 general elections. Last week, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal visited China to discuss advancing the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and to engage existing investors and financial institutions to tap into more firms in the transmission and distribution network.

Earlier, Dar and Zheng Jianbang, the vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, had met on the sidelines of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in The Gambia, expressing determination to enhance and upgrade cooperation on CPEC projects.

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