PM Imran to depart for first official visit to China on Thursday

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Prime Minister Imran Khan will depart for Beijing on Thursday for a five-day visit during which he will hold meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and other leaders.

The Pakistani premier was earlier scheduled to visit China from November 2 to 5 on the invitation of the Chinese leadership. But an updated schedule of the prime minister’s visit released by the government said the prime minister would now depart a day earlier via special plane.

This will be the premier’s first official visit to China after assuming office. A high-level delegation, including Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, will accompany the prime minister.

According to a statement issued earlier by the Foreign Office, during the visit the two sides will review the entire range of bilateral relations between the two countries, which have enjoyed a long history of mutual trust and mutual support. The two sides will also sign several agreements in diverse fields, the statement added.