Chinese vice premier Wang Yang arrives in Pakistan for Independence Day celebrations
August 13, 2017 | 5:28 PM
by PTI
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang arrived in Islamabad on Sunday to take part in Pakistan's 70th Independence Day celebrations on Monday. Photo - File
 
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Islamabad: Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang arrived here on Sunday to take part in Pakistan's 70th Independence Day celebrations on Monday.

Wang, the "special guest" for the Independence Day, is accompanied by a high-level delegation on the two-day visit. He was received at Benazir Bhutto International Airport by officials of Pakistan government and Chinese Embassy, Geo News reported.

The visit comes on the "directions of (Chinese) President Xi Jinping as a special gesture", according to Pakistan's Foreign Office, which described it as a "reflection of the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership" between the two countries.

From Pakistan, Wang will head to Nepal, Chinese foreign ministry announced in Beijing on Saturday.

As a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Wang is among the top leaders in China. In Pakistan, he will be the "special guest" to mark the country's 70th Independence Day, and later call on President Mamnoon Hussain. He will also call on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a statement from the foreign office said. He will participate in an inauguration ceremony of projects related to the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which passes through Pakistan-administered-Kashmir.


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