Friday, April 17, 2015

Xi's visit to Pakistan, Indonesia highlights commitment to stronger ties with neighbors

Xinhua - April 17, 2015

BEIJING, April 17 -- Chinese President Xi Jinpingwill visit Pakistanand attend meetings in Indonesia next week, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced on Friday morning.
The president will pay a state visit to Pakistan from Monday to Tuesday at the invitation of Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, spokesperson Lu Kang said in a statement.
At the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Xi will attend the Asian-African Summit as well as activities commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference from Tuesday to Friday in Indonesia.
Xi's two-day state visit to Pakistan will be Xi's first trip to the South Asian country since he assumed the presidency in 2013.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the visit would provide a powerful impetus to build on the China-Pakistan friendship and deepen comprehensive collaboration.
Sharif said as 2015 was the Pakistan-China Year of Friendly Exchanges, Xi's visit would lift the strategic cooperative partnership to a new high.