Pakistani PM arrives in Shanghai for China visit

09:25, May 18, 2011      

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Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani arrived in Shanghai Tuesday evening, kicking off his four-day visit to China.

Gilani makes the official visit to China from Tuesday to Friday at the invitation of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

During the visit, Chinese President Hu Jintao will meet with Gilani, and Wen will hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart.

The two sides will exchange views on deepening bilateral relations, promote pragmatic cooperation in a wide range of areas and international and regional issues of common concern, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.

Gilani and Wen will witness the signing of agreements concerning trade, finance and culture. They will also participate in a reception to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Jiang said earlier at a news briefing.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan and is also known as a "China-Pakistan Friendship Year."

"The visit will be an important part of the activities that the two sides will undertake to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the forging of diplomatic ties," Jiang said.

Source: Xinhua
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