Chinese President Xi arrived in Pakistan
President Xi is given a warm welcome. A fleet of eight JF-17 Thunder fighter jets received the President of People’s Republic of China and escort him to airport. A 21-gun salute was also presented to the honorable guest at the airport.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel arrived at the airport to welcome the Chinese premier.
The Chinese president was accompanied by First Lady Madam Peng Liyuan, senior ministers, high-level functionaries of the Communist Party and senior government officials.
Chief executive officers from a wide spectrum of business houses of China also accompanied the president.
The entire route right from Airport to Constitution Avenue was decorated with colourful banners inscribed with welcoming slogans. Long Live Pak-China Friendship”, “Pak-China Friendship Deeper than Oceans”, Brothers” “Pak-China partners in Peace and Development”.
President Mamnoon Hussain will host a luncheon in honour of the visiting dignitary today (April 20).
President Xi Jinping will be conferred the country’s highest civil award, the ‘Nishan-e-Pakistan’ at a special investiture ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
The two sides will review all aspects of bilateral relations and exchange views on regional issues and international developments.
A number of important agreements and MoUs worth $46 billion will be signed during visit, with focus on energy, infrastructure and communication sectors under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Xi is the first Chinese head of state to visit Islamabad since 2006.

Published in Express Tribune