BEIJING (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Great Hall, Beijing on Sunday.
The prime minister and his delegation also held a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Vice-President Wang Qishan. They discussed bilateral issues and regional matters. The Pakistan delegation, including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Adviser Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed, Federal Minister Faisal Vawda and Khusru Bakhtiar, also attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, Pakistan and China signed the railway agreement L1. Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed the agreement.
Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed termed the agreement the biggest day in the history of the railway. “Under the project, the railway track will be doubled from Peshawar to Karachi. The new speed of the train will be 160km/h,” he maintained.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had attended the leaders’ roundtable session at the Second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.
Addressing Leader’s Roundtable Session of 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, the prime minister emphasized the need for further boosting connectivity under the umbrella of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
“We should also consider digital connectivity, mobility of labour and transfer of skills, cultural links and knowledge and innovation connectivity to further expand the scope of Belt and Road Initiative,” Imran Khan said.
To implement these additional areas of connectivity the Belt and Road Initiative countries should establish a Tourism Corridor for cultural tourism exchanges. They should develop programmes for improving the skills of labor from labor surplus countries to assist the labor deficient countries. We should also create multi lingual digital platforms for connecting producers, consumers and skilled job seekers, he added.
“Under the CPEC, we are building highways, modernizing rail network, setting up power plants, establishing a port and special economic zones.”, PM added.
PM Imran Khan also noted that the connectivity of Gwadar port with China’s Xinjiang region will provide a shorter route for China’s imports, reduce the cost for Chinese companies and develop western China as well.