Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Pakistan

Published May 22, 2013 04:36pm
A soldier and police officer gesture as they secure the area and clear the roads before the motorcade of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang passes by in Islamabad May 22, 2013. — Reuters Photo
A soldier and police officer gesture as they secure the area and clear the roads before the motorcade of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang passes by in Islamabad May 22, 2013. — Reuters Photo
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L), flanked by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (2nd R), receives flowers upon his arrival at the Pakistan's Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi on May 22, 2013. — AFP Photo
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L), flanked by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (2nd R), receives flowers upon his arrival at the Pakistan's Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi on May 22, 2013. — AFP Photo
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang steps down from his plane upon arrival at Pakistan's Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi on May 22, 2013.— AFP Photo
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang steps down from his plane upon arrival at Pakistan's Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi on May 22, 2013.— AFP Photo
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (C, in black) inspects a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony at Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi on May 22, 2013. — AFP Photo
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (C, in black) inspects a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony at Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi on May 22, 2013. — AFP Photo
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (C), flanked by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (L) and caretaker premier Mir Hazar Khan Khoso (centre R) is welcomed by hostesses bearing Chinese flags upon his arrival at Pakistan's Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi on May 22, 2013. — AFP Photo
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (C), flanked by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (L) and caretaker premier Mir Hazar Khan Khoso (centre R) is welcomed by hostesses bearing Chinese flags upon his arrival at Pakistan's Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi on May 22, 2013. — AFP Photo

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed to strengthen his country's partnership with Pakistan as he arrived on May 22 for a visit less than two weeks after the country's general election. The long-time allies will look to use the two-day trip to boost trade ties, and Li will meet prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif - who has not yet been sworn in - as well as holding talks with senior officials.

China and Pakistan should make cooperation on power generation a priority, Li said, as Islamabad seeks to end an energy crisis that triggers power cuts of up to 20 hours a day, bringing the economy to a near standstill. Li arrived in the Pakistan capital on Wednesday on the second leg of his first official trip since taking office in March after a visit to Pakistan's and China's arch rival, India.


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Comments (6) (Closed)


Lakhkar Khan
May 22, 2013 06:37pm

Friend in tough times is a friend forever.

Raghunathan
May 22, 2013 06:40pm

When will you media people stop talking of Pakistan and India as rivals and instead start talking as south Asian neighbors interested in the well being of its peoples. Look at the examples of Canada, USA and Mexico. The media has a great role to play in promoting harmony. Will you rise to the challenge.

jibon ahmed
May 23, 2013 12:05am

china-pakistan two country relation always strong.allaha bless you

whatasilliness
May 23, 2013 05:57am

Totally disagree with the statement that India is China's arch rival. In fact India is a "strategic trade ally" of China. India might be an "arch rival" in the collective Pakistani psyche, but in the collective Indian pshyche Pakistan does not figure any where.

Amit
May 23, 2013 08:07am

@Lakhkar Khan: lol, when did China send a single Chinese soldier to Pakistan to fight its wars, or fight its terrorism problems? You think they mean more than business? For that matter, why should any country in the world have anything more than business to do with another country?

John
May 23, 2013 09:50am

@Lakhkar Khan: When promises become real then we will decide on the level of friendship.