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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meet at in Beijing on July 5, 2013. Sharif is in China on a five-day official visit. — Photo by Reuters
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meet at in Beijing on July 5, 2013. Sharif is in China on a five-day official visit. — Photo by Reuters

BEIJING/SHANGHAI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday held meetings with delegations of China’s top business executives and discussed with them energy, development and infrastructure projects in Pakistan.

The prime minister met the delegations on board a high speed train while traveling from Beijing to Shanghai, where he visited the Pakistan-China Energy Forum attended by over 50 prominent Chinese investors.

The Pakistani premier is on a five-day visit to China, his first foreign visit since coming to power in the May 11 general elections.

During his meetings, Sharif put special emphasis on his government’s desire to utilise coal to generate low-priced electricity in Pakistan.

Jin Chunsheng, Vice President China Machinery Engineering Corporation said his company was capable of manufacturing coal turbines having the capacity to generate up to 1000 megawatts, greater than common coal turbines which generate a maximum of 500MWof electricity.

Chunsheng said his company was currently working on a power project in Jamshoro. Sharif also met the Executive President of China’s Gezhouba Company, Yang Yisheng.

Yisheng assured the Pakistan premier that work on the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project, the construction of which Gezhouba is involved in, would be completed by 2016.

He said work on project’s $200 million transmission line is yet to begin however his company has already submitted its bid for the purpose.

He also expressed the desire to take part in the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam and that his company would strive to seek financial support from the Chinese monetary institutions.

He also expressed interest in executing further power, infrastructure and high speed train projects in Pakistan. The prime minister invited Gezhouba company’s head to visit Pakistan with proposals of interest for further discussion on those projects.

Later addressing the Pakistan-China Energy Forum in Shanghai, Sharif said his government’s top priority was to resolve issues related to energy and that they would welcome all Chinese and foreign investment.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that the Chinese investment in energy sector would take the lead.

Comments (4) Closed

Ahmed Jawai Jul 06, 2013 11:15pm

I dont think coal is a good idea, there are areas in China where there are higher ratio of chronic chest disease because of coal and loads of pollution.MR Sherrif I request you to please think again.I have worked in China for 3 years and I know this for fact.

WOW Jul 07, 2013 02:33pm

Family picnic all agreements between Lahore and China.. all in the family brothers, brothers in law and what not this is what Pakistan wanted...

Rashid Sultan Jul 07, 2013 02:35pm

It does sound like the country would be mortgaged to China for a long time and be dependent on China's benevolence. Is it not far better to develop internally grown and developed skills and capacity for infrastructure and related projects?

Johar Ali Jul 09, 2013 06:21am

I suggest we explore: 1) Solar energy-use china made solar panels. 2) Geothermal energy. 3) Wind energy 4) Bio gas All the best