Zardari to visit China

August 26th, 2011 - 12:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Aug 26 (IANS) President Asif Ali Zardari will visit China from Aug 30 to Sep 1 to take part in an exposition and meet the Chinese vice premier.

Zardari’s visit comes close on the heels of Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar’s trip to China.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua Thursday said Zardari would meet Chinese Vice Premier Li Kequang at Urumqi during his stay there. The China-Eurasia Expo is being held in Urumqi.

Zardari will also meet leaders of Chinese corporate sector in Urumqi, she added.

“The visit of President Zardari to China aims at strengthening business to business linkages between the two countries and Pakistani and Eurasian business,” Associated Press of Pakistan quoted Janjua as saying.

A Pakistani pavilion is being set up at the Expo.

The president will also visit Tajikistan Sep 1 and 2 on the invitation of President Emomali Rahmov.

The two leaders will hold bilateral talks during this visit on regional and international issues.

President Zardari will also attend the third quadrilateral summit between Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Russia being held in Dushanbe Sep 2.

The first two summits were held at Dushanbe and Sochi in Russia.

The quadrilateral summit will focus on matters of regional connectivity including infrastructures and energy projects, regional trade, peace and stability in the region including support for the Afghan reconciliation process and cooperation in countering terrorism drug trafficking and organised crimes.

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