When asked about Imran Khan's visit to Beijing ahead of Xi's trip to India and whether the Kashmir issue will figure in his talks with the Chinese leaders, Geng said that China' stand is that the Kashmir issue should be resolved between India and Pakistan.
Bakhtyar said Pakistan would start formal negotiations on additional projects, including a major overland LNG terminal, 7,000-megawatt Bunji hydropower project, Pakistan Steel Mills, oil refineries as well as joint ventures in businesses and science and technology, for agreements, the Dawn newspaper reported. A large part of the Indian journalism today rests entirely on what Imran Khan or Pakistan says or does.
"Our cooperation in the China-Pakistan Economic Cooperation (CPEC) is bringing more outcomes to our peoples".
Imran Khan's go to to China might be his third since he took over as Prime Minister in August final 12 months.
Khan said there would be no talks with India during a meeting with United States senators Chris Van Hollen and Maggi Hassan, who met to share their observations with the prime minister about their visit to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Sunday, Geo News reported. The summit has already been hit by recent irritants in India-China ties, including Beijing's stance on the Kashmir issue in recent weeks.
But the progress on next phase projects has slowed since Prime Minister Khan came to power a year ago.
"The completion of CPEC will not only benefit Pakistan and China, but also the entire region", the premier had said, adding that the timely completion of CPEC projects was the top-most priority of the government and CPEC is a clear example of joint efforts and partnership between Pakistan and China.
However issues have clearly modified previously few years.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtiar, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid, Commerce Adviser Razak Dawood, Special Assistant Nadeem Babar, Chairman Board of Investment Zubair Gillani, Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and the director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), were also present in the talks. He also reiterated his invitation to Premier Li to visit Pakistan at the earliest opportunity. He said Pakistan was encouraging the businesses to make big profits as the wealth creation would enable the government to lift people out of poverty on the pattern of China.
However, there has been no official announcement here yet on Mr. Xi's visit to India. "We have a tradition of high-level exchange and our two sides are maintaining communication on high-level exchange in the next phase".
He said Pakistan was focusing on making special economic zones operational to benefit from China's industrial relocation that would also be done through joint ventures between the businesses of the two countries.
According to some reports, Imran Khan has made a decision to hand over the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) to China for its revival through a government-to-government deal and exploring options to finance multi-billion-dollar railways' Mainline (ML-1). "However, to what degree Xi is ready to play a role, and most importantly, whether India agrees to listen and accept any advice, is an entirely different thing", he added.