President Dr. Arif Alvi arrived here on Monday on a two-day visit to China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The President is accompanied by a Pakistani delegation that includes Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, and senior officials. The President was warmly received by the Chinese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Han Changfu, the Pakistani Ambassador to China, Naghmana Alamgir Hashmi and other senior Chinese government officials and the Pakistani Embassy in Beijing. A contingent from the People’s Liberation Army turned out to be an honor guard.
The president will hold separate meetings with President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang and other Chinese leaders. Several memoranda of understanding are expected to be signed. This is the president’s first visit to China, which has the specific objective of conveying strong support and solidarity from Pakistan to the government and people of China in their battle against Covid-19. The visit will play an important role in consolidating the historical ties of trust and mutual support between the two iron brothers. It will also serve as an opportunity for the leaders of the two countries to review bilateral, regional and international issues and advance the shared goals of promoting peace, prosperity and development in the region and beyond.
Pakistan and China are the closest friends and staunch partners. The two countries unite in an all-weather Strategic Cooperation Association. This time-tested friendship is based on mutual trust, understanding and a community of incomparable interests. Before speaking at Nur Khan Air Base, Islamabad, before his departure for China on a two-day official visit, the president, Dr. Arif Alvi, said that his visit to China was aimed at expressing solidarity with the epidemic. from Covid-19 and also learn from Chinese experience to effectively handle the situation.
“The way China battled the coronavirus is an example to the world, and Pakistan would also like to receive information about it,” the president said. He said the visit was aimed at conveying strong support and solidarity from Pakistan to the Chinese government and people, while Beijing made determined efforts to contain and deal with the spread of Covid-19.