Chinese vice PM due in Islamabad, two-day holiday announced

He Lifeng is expected to attend 10th anniversary celebrations of CPEC.

ISLAMABAD: Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng is paying a three day visit to Pakistan from Sunday and public holiday has been announced in the capital for two days.

During the visit, the Chinese Vice Premier will attend the 10th-anniversary celebrations of CPEC.

He will also call on the President and the Prime Minister.

Vice Premier He Lifeng has played a prominent role in China’s international economic relations and implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, of which CPEC is a flagship project.

As the Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, he was instrumental in the planning and execution of multiple CPEC projects in Pakistan.

In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said the visit is part of regular high-level exchanges and dialogue between Pakistan and China.

She said it reflects the importance attached by Pakistan and China to further deepen their “All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership”; reaffirm support on issues of each other’s core interests; enhance economic and financial cooperation; advance high-quality development of CPEC; and explore new avenues for strengthening trade and investment ties between the two countries.

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