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Pak PM Imran Khan to visit China for Belt and Road Forum

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

will visit next week to attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum and hold bilateral meetings with the top Chinese leadership, the announced on Wednesday.

will hold the Belt and Road Forum (BRF), which provides a platform to countries participating in the (BRI), from April 25 to 27 in

According to reports, has planned to boycott the forum for the second time.

Pakistan's said Khan will visit from April 25 to 28 at the invitation of who will inaugurate the forum on April 26.

This will Khan's second visit to China after becoming the in August last year. He earlier paid a state visit to China in November.

In addition to participating in the forum, Khan would also hold bilateral meetings with Xi and Li Keqiang, the FO said in a statement.

and China will also sign several memorandum of understandings and agreements to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse areas, the FO said.

Leaders from 40 countries and delegations from over 100 countries, international organisations and corporate sector would participate in the event.

Khan will be accompanied by a ministerial delegation. He will deliver a keynote speech in the opening ceremony of the forum and participate in the Leaders' Round Table.

He will also attend the International Horticulture Exhibition-2019 and address Trade and Investment Conference in

The forum provides a platform to countries participating in the BRI for exchanging views and experiences on regional connectivity, policy synergy, socio-economic development, and trade and commerce, the FO added.

China has played down India's reported plans to boycott the BRF, saying may have misunderstood the BRI and suggested to "wait and see" before taking a decision.

The BRI is a multi-billion-dollar initiative launched by Chinese Xi when he came to power in 2013. It aims to link Southeast Asia, Central Asia, region, and with a network of land and sea routes.

Beijing already said officials of over 100 countries besides 40 government leaders have agreed to take part in it.

The USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which has been officially designated as a flagship project of the BRI, has become a stumbling block for to take part in it as the controversial project is being laid through Pakistan-occupied

India has already protested to China over the CPEC violating its sovereignty and boycotted the first BRF held in 2017.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 19:55 IST
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