BEIJING: President Mamnoon Hussain after successful completion of the Beijing segment of his state visit left Friday morning for Shanghai onboard High Speed Bullet train.
The President entourage included Minister for Planning, development and Reforms Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Ambassador Masood Khalid. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong also traveled with Pakistani delegation.
President Mamnoon who arrived Beijing on Tuesday evening had very busy schedule here in which he met with his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping.
He also held separate meetings with Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman National People’s Congress Zhang Dejiang.
Both Pakistani and Chinese Presidents after bilateral talks held at Great Hall of the People also witnessed signing of an agreement and four Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs). These included signing of the agreed minutes of the Second Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) on Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, MoU on the construction of new international airport at Gwadar, MoU on the Upgradation of phase II of Karakoram Highway (Raikot-Islamabad section), MoU on co-establishing national joint research centers for small-scaled hydro power technology. From Pakistan’s side the four documents were signed by Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Prof Ahsan Iqbal.
The agreement on the establishment of Confucius Institute between Confucius Institute Headquarters and University of Agriculture Faisalabad was signed from Pakistan’s side by State Minister for Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi.
At these meetings with top Chinese leadership, President held bilateral talks that extensively covered bilateral cooperation and regional and international matters of common interest. Deepening economic cooperation and strengthening People-to-people contacts between the two countries were also focused at these meetings.
President Mamnoon’s other engagements in Beijing included meeting with Directors of Pakistan Study Centers in China.
During his interaction with Directors of these centers, President lauded their contributions towards strengthening Pakistan- China relations and their pivotal role in highlighting history and culture of his country.
Pakistan has setup four Study Centers in higher learning intuitions in different cities of China, namely Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu.
President Mamnoon Hussain also met former ambassadors of China who worked in different period of time in Pakistan. He also held extensive meetings with Chief Executives of top Chinese entities including those working in energy sector and infrastructure development.