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President Xi leaves Beijing for Pakistan

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04-20-2015 09:16 BJT

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President Xi has left Beijing this morning for a two-day visit, his first to the country since becoming president in 2013. Media in Pakistan have published an article by President Xi, hailing the history and development of the friendship between the two nations.

In an article published in mainstream Pakistani media, Chinese President Xi Jinping describes Pakistan as a sincere and reliable friend.

President Xi reviews the long history of friendship between the two sides, unwavering in the face of international and domestic arenas that have changed greatly over the years.

Looking forward to visiting Pakistan, he explains that his trip will promote development of bilateral cooperation to higher levels.

On the agenda during President Xi's state visit will be meetings with his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The article states he will also exchange views with a broad range of people in Pakistan, with the focus of talks on bilateral ties and other issues of common concern.

A China-Pakistan Cooperation Framework Plan will be the highlight, to help push forward an economic corridor between the two nations.

This corridor is expected to drive domestic development in Pakistan in transportation, energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors.

The article also outlines five areas to help cement bilateral ties. These include the closer combination of development strategies between the two nations, deeper economic integration, strengthened security cooperation, more people-to-people exchanges, and for the nations to continue to coordinate diplomatic strategies on international and regional issues.

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