President leaves for China on 6-day visit today

President Asif Ali Zardari will leave on a six day official visit to China today.

The President during his official visit will hold talks with the top Chinese leadership including President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and will also interact with provincial political leaders and leaders of corporate sector.

The forthcoming visit will be the fifth undertaken by the President since he became the President.

Besides holding talks with the President and Prime Minister of China the President will also meet Chairman of the Chinese Peoples Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Jia Qinglin, receive the Chinese Ministers for Water Resources and Agriculture and visit Tsinghuan University to inaugurate an exhibition on Mohenjodaro Gandhara civilization.

Members of the Presidential entourage include Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Petroleum Minister Naveed Qamar, Minister of State for water Resources Kamal Majidullah, Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, Secretary General to President Salman Farooqui, Secretary Foreign Affairs Salman Bashir, Ambassador at large Khalil Ahmad Khan, Chairman WAPDA Shakil Durrani, Chairman NHA Chaudhry Altaf Ahmad, Additional Secretary Foreign Office Khalid Masood.

During the six-day visit the President will also address the Pakistan-China Economic Cooperation Forum and hold discussion with corporate leaders of energy, construction, mining, petroleum, engineering, shipping, finance and banking sectors and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

The President will visit the side by side pavilions of Pakistan and China at Shanghai Expo showcasing economic and industrial progress of the two countries- described by the President as a ‘demonstration of the soft power of China’, the spokesperson said. A separate meeting with corporate leaders of energy sector has also been lined up to further push Pakistan’s quest for alternate energy particularly wind and solar energy to meet its growing power demands.

To reach out to the Chinese people and step up peoples to peoples contacts the President will also have media interactions both in Beijing and Shanghai with about ten different print and electronic media outlets and also visit Mohenjodaro exhibition, president spokesman Farhatullah Babar said. In the same context a number of business and corporate leaders including the Presidents of EXIM Bank, Peoples Bank of China, China Development Bank, China Northern Railways Corporation, China Three Gorges Corporation, Sinohydro, Sinopec and Politechnologies among others will also call on the President.

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