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Chinese vice premier to visit Pakistan tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Chinese Vice Wang Yang will arrive in tomorrow to take part in the country's Independence Day celebrations on August 14, officials said today. Wang will be accompanied by a high-level delegation for the two-day visit, which comes on the "directions of President Xi Jinping as a special gesture", the Foreign Office said. "His visit on this important milestone for is a reflection of the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between and China," it said. From Pakistan, Wang will head to Nepal, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang announced in Geng did not give the details of Wang's visit. The visit to and by the top Chinese official comes as and have been locked in a military standoff for nearly two months at Doklam near Sikkim. The face-off began on June 16 after Chinese troops tried to build a road in the disputed area. has protested the move saying was unilaterally changing the status quo at the trijunction with India's ally, Bhutan. As a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Wang is among the top leaders in In Pakistan, he will be the "special guest" to mark the country's 70th Independence Day, and later call on President Mamnoon Hussain.

He will also call on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a statement from the foreign office said. He will participate in an inauguration ceremony of projects related to the USD 50 billion China-Economic Corridor (CPEC), which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Some bilateral agreements are likely to be signed during his visit to In March, a contingent of the guard of honour of the three services of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) took part in the military parade held in Islamabad to mark Day.

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First Published: Sat, August 12 2017. 19:13 IST