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The first visit by a Chinese president to Pakistan after nine years is being dubbed as fate-changing. —AFP
The first visit by a Chinese president to Pakistan after nine years is being dubbed as fate-changing. —AFP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurate projects through video link at PM Office. —APP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurate projects through video link at PM Office. —APP

ISLAMABAD: A historic ceremony was organised at the Prime Minister's Office on Monday, where Pakistan and China signed 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor.

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chinese President Xi Jinping and high-level officials from both sides. A few agreements were signed by dignitaries from both countries in front of media personnel, after which Nawaz Sharif and Xi Jinping shared their views on the historic gathering and bilateral relations.

Read the complete list of MoUs signed between Pakistan and China here.

In his speech, Nawaz Sharif welcomed the Chinese leader and referred to China as an all-weather friend. “There have been critical changes in China and Pakistan, and major regional and international development, but our ties have remained robust. Four generations of our leaders and people have sustained them with passion and wisdom.”

President Xi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif overlook the signing of agreements between the two countries.─AFP
President Xi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif overlook the signing of agreements between the two countries.─AFP

Talking about the Pakistan China Economic corridor, Nawaz said:

“This corridor will benefit all provinces and areas in Pakistan, and transform our country into a regional hub and pivot for commerce and investment. It will also enable China to create a shorter and cheaper route for trade and investment in south, central and west Asia, and the Middle East and Africa. This corridor will become a symbol for peace and prosperity.”

He said President Xi Jinping's visit to Pakistan was a watershed in the history of Pakistan-China relations.

"Together with President Xi we have taken momentous decisions that will raise Pakistan-China relations to new heights and have deep impacts for our common economic future, and peace and stability in the region.”

He said the two sides had also discussed regional and international developments, and agreed to make coordinated efforts for peace and security in the region.

President Xi Jinping in his address said China is prepared and willing to help strengthen Pakistan's capacity to fight terrorism.

The building of the Pakistan China Economic Corridor has an important bearing on national strategies and livelihoods of the two countries, he said.

The two sides believe that the layout and construction of the corridor should take into account the interest of various regions of Pakistan so that the building of the corridor will benefit people, said Xi.

“Of all the cooperation documents that Prime Minister Sharif and I signed, or witnessed the signing of, more than 30 of them concern the corridor,” he added.

“They include the facilities of the Gwadar port, the second phase of the upgrading project for the Karakoram highway, the motorway project between Karachi and Lahore, the rail transportation Orange line project of Lahore and other major transportation infrastructure projects and a series of energy projects,” Xi said.

"These projects span across the provinces and areas of Pakistan and the two sides have also made it clear that they will include the central and western lines of the corridor in the long and midterm plans, and I believe this will help the comprehensive balance and steady growth of the corridor building," said the Chinese president.

The Chinese side continues to support Pakistan's economic and social development, he added.

He said the two sides agreed to strengthen communication and coordination on Afghanistan in order to jointly push ahead the Afghan reconciliation process and play a constructive role to achieve peace and stability in the country and region.

Xi read an old saying in Chinese that said, "When brothers are united in their purpose, they become strong enough to pierce through metals."

He also reciprocated PM Nawaz Sharif's sentiments on Pakistan and China having strong historic ties, and said China is willing to work in close cooperation with Pakistan to benefit masses of the two countries.

Cooperation in civil nuclear energy agreed

Pakistan and China have agreed to continue bilateral cooperation in civil nuclear energy under IAEA safeguards, in line with their respective bilateral and multilateral commitments.

"China appreciates and supports steps taken by Pakistan towards its mainstreaming into the global non-proliferation regime," a joint communiqué issued from foreign office said.

The communiqué said China welcomes Pakistan’s engagement with the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and is ready to strengthen communication and coordination with Pakistan.

Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to multilateral non-discriminatory arms control and non-proliferation endeavours.

On security and counter terrorism the two sides believed that the security interests of Pakistan and China are closely interconnected, said the communiqué.

China commended Pakistan’s major contribution to the international counter-terrorism efforts, and said it will continue to support Pakistan in implementing its counter-terrorism strategy in accordance with its national conditions.

Delegation-level talks

Following Chinese President Xi Jinping's maiden visit to Pakistan, both sides held delegation-level talks at the PM House, where President Xi admired PM Nawaz’s efforts, saying the far-reaching reforms he initiated were crucial for Pakistan.

The Chinese president also said PM Nawaz is highly experienced and that his struggle against terrorism is extremely admirable.

Pakistani and Chinese delegations held formal talks at the PM Office, in which all aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries were reviewed.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif led the Pakistani side in the talks, while the Chinese side was led by President Xi Jinping.

PM Nawaz, during his opening remarks, formally welcomed Xi Jinping on his first ever visit to Pakistan and hoped that the visit would further consolidate the already strong ties between the two countries.

Official sources told DawnNews that during the meeting, in addition to bilateral ties, both leaders also reviewed regional and international issues of mutual concern, including the regional security situation with respect to Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Senior cabinet members and officials from both sides assisted their leadership in the talks.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had said that the two-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping will usher in a new era of development in Pakistan.

Talking to the top executives of three leading Chinese companies, China Huaneng Group, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and Zonergy Corporation at the prime minister house, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the government would extend all possible facilitation to the Chinese companies to ensure timely completion of the planned projects.

The premier appreciated the role of the companies for undertaking various projects in Pakistan including ones that are part of the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (PCEC) Project.

He said that Pakistan is facing acute shortage of energy and the government has made a commitment to the people of Pakistan to meet this shortage during its tenure, hence a lot of emphasis is being laid on timely completion of these projects, particularly those in the energy sector.

Nawaz was pleased to note that ICBC, the largest bank in the world, will look into the possibility of setting up economic zones in Pakistan.

Leaders of the Chinese delegation said the strong Pakistan-China friendship provides an excellent platform for boosting business relations between the two countries and said they are pleased to be part of building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Military heads met President Xi Jinping and discussed with him matters related to defence and security. -Photo ISPR
Military heads met President Xi Jinping and discussed with him matters related to defence and security. -Photo ISPR

Military heads call on Chinese president

Heads of armed forces including the chairman joint chiefs of staff committee (CJCSC) met President Xi Jinping and discussed with him matters related to defence and security.

CJCSC General Rashad Mahmood, army chief General Raheel Sharif, Naval chief Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah and Air Chief Marshal Sohail Amaan during the meeting thanked the Chinese president for ongoing Chinese cooperation with the armed forces of Pakistan.

Political leaders meet Xi Jinping

Prominent political leaders including Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan Peoples Party, Liqat Baloch of Jamaat-i-Islami, Chaudhary Shujjat Hussain of PML-Q, Farooq Sattar of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Aftab Sherpao of Qaumi Watan Party, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch met visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Islamabad.

They welcomed Chinese president on his first ever visit to Pakistan and discussed with him issues related to bilateral relations and cooperation between Pakistani and Chinese parliamentarians.

Chinese president arrives in Islamabad on historic visit

Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping and the First Lady Peng Liyuan wave upon their arrival in the capital amid a grand welcome. —AFP
Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping and the First Lady Peng Liyuan wave upon their arrival in the capital amid a grand welcome. —AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Islamabad on his maiden visit to Pakistan on Monday. The much anticipated visit is the first by a Chinese president to Pakistan after nine years.

Billboard with pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping are on display in Islamabad. —AP
Billboard with pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping are on display in Islamabad. —AP

The Chinese president was received at the Noor Khan airbase by President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif and members of the prime minister's cabinet.

Eight PAF JF -17 Thunders escorted Chinese president's aircraft as it entered the Pakistani Airspace.

Accompanying the Chinese president is a high-level delegation comprising businessmen, high-level functionaries of the Communist Party of China and senior government officials.

A 21-gun salute and guard of honour was presented to welcome the Chinese president.

Children clad in colourful traditional clothes waved Pakistani and Chinese flags and sang anthems of Pakistan-China friendship as the Chinese President and the first lady passed by, Radio Pakistan reported.

The Chinese President shook hands with the children who also showered rose petals on the visiting guest. Traditional folk dance was also presented on the occasion.

President Xi Jinping waves at children greeting him upon arrival at Nur Khan air base. —AFP
President Xi Jinping waves at children greeting him upon arrival at Nur Khan air base. —AFP
Chinese president was received by President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif and other members of cabinet. —DawnNews screengrab
Chinese president was received by President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif and other members of cabinet. —DawnNews screengrab
COAS Gen Raheel Sharif welcomes Mr Jinping. —AFP
COAS Gen Raheel Sharif welcomes Mr Jinping. —AFP
Guard of honour being presented to the Chinese president. —AFP
Guard of honour being presented to the Chinese president. —AFP

Banners reading "Pakistan-China Friendship Zindabad", portraits of the Chinese and Pakistani presidents and flags of the two countries waving across Constitution Avenue welcomed Mr Jinping to the capital.

Mr Jinping's visit is being dubbed as a ‘fate-changing visit’ as he is expected to roll out nearly $28 billion for the first phase of the $45bn flagship Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (PCEC) Project.

Stringent security measures have been taken in the capital while security personnel have been deployed on all the important city roads in wake of the Chinese president's visit.

Comments (350) Closed

Sal Apr 20, 2015 10:54am

Pakistan should be careful of China. Do not bet the farm on China.

Awais Ali Apr 20, 2015 10:58am

Big brother has come. We all welcome to our all weather friend China. This investment from China will boost Pakistani economy.

Hope Apr 20, 2015 10:59am

Welcome to your second home!

Yogender lodhi Apr 20, 2015 11:04am

Chinese President received by Pakistani president, prime minister, defense minister, and cabinet ministers .... Where is rest of Pakistan parliament members, they should also be their...

Sandhu Apr 20, 2015 11:05am

It's brilliant weather in Islamabad as there was rain whole night and a brilliant all weather friend is coming to put more colors in it.

Zaffar Apr 20, 2015 11:08am

How come the visit became historic before any concrete achievement?

FARRUKH EJAZ Apr 20, 2015 11:09am

It will really open new corridors of economical success because China is not helping us is shape of aid but in shape of investment in our country which is key to success. Moreover friendship with China is already proved for the long time.

ziaurrehman Apr 20, 2015 11:13am

Welcome welcome :)

Gurdaspur to Islamabad Apr 20, 2015 11:14am

Welcome Chinese president in Pakistan.

shuaib Apr 20, 2015 11:15am

Heartiest welcome to our distinguished guest. Long live PAK-CHINA friendship.

Rao Apr 20, 2015 11:16am

At he comes....

hyat Apr 20, 2015 11:18am


Tariq Rashid Apr 20, 2015 11:21am

Really hope so this will be a fate-changing visit of Chinese President to Pakistan.

Jainy Apr 20, 2015 11:23am

The good thing is, they are not paying anything in cash but they are going to develop some projects. Our poor powerful leaders and officers won't get commissions.

Moosa Apr 20, 2015 11:24am

lol..thank God they didnt call the army from the borders in honor of the President. everyone else is there!!

AKeenReader Apr 20, 2015 11:25am

It's sad to see that due to security threats foreign dignatories can only arrive at Air Force bases. I remember the times in 60's, 70's, 80's and early 90's when dignatories used to go in convertable cars through streets of KHI, ISB PINDI after arrival at airports. Can the PM then explain as why he claims that KHI is safe and without any terror threats???

Amit Nagori Apr 20, 2015 11:30am

Pak Chin Dosti Zindabaad !!!

We welcome our guest with squinted eyes and point out all the similarities between the iron brothers.

ashraf Apr 20, 2015 11:30am

china needs to save its economy from falling to recession and Pakistan is a prospective market. At the end China will be the winner of the game!

Saad Apr 20, 2015 11:31am

Welcome Mr. President

Tranquil Apr 20, 2015 11:31am

Must be showing by PTV , :-/

riz Apr 20, 2015 11:33am

welcome to pakistan

Haider Apr 20, 2015 11:33am

Welcome President.China true friend of Pakistan.A friend in need a friend in deed.

Ravi jha Apr 20, 2015 11:35am

Ask honorable President for Religious freedom for Muslim.No objection for beard,fasting in the Muslim province.Can oppress the Muslim rebels except kashmiri muslims Apr 20, 2015 11:36am

A country of 200 million has to depend on an outsider to change its fate! If this one man can change its fate , should he not be their leader?

Warrior Bin Qasim Apr 20, 2015 11:38am

Our true friend is here. Let the enemies hate all they want.

Educationist Apr 20, 2015 11:39am

This is history in making. We look forward to the joint strategic initiatives for Pakistan's energy and infrastructure uplift.

rukhsar Apr 20, 2015 11:43am

Welcome to Pakistan

jason Apr 20, 2015 11:44am

I am confused. If China is Pakistan's all weather friend, why do they invest 97% more in India than in Pakistan?

salman Apr 20, 2015 11:44am

Welcome Mr. Presdient

Ero Apr 20, 2015 11:45am

Congratulations to Pakistan from India. Hope u grab the economic opportunity with both hands. I hope Pakistan's new obsession will be its economy and not other things which do not have a solution like changing the borders of neighboring countries.

Guru Apr 20, 2015 11:45am

Finally. He must have been astounded by the warmth that he received at his brother's home. Hopefully, he will not be put off by the bill, The Brother passes to him.

Tranquil Apr 20, 2015 11:46am

I am honestly Enjoying Indians Comments I can feel their Frustration :D

Gerry dcunha Apr 20, 2015 11:51am

@Hope Ha! Ha! What a joke of the day. Ask the Muslims living in china about your view

Rao Apr 20, 2015 11:52am

100 billion India-China trade compared to 10 billion Pak-China trade....Sochlo...!!!!

N.Sid Apr 20, 2015 11:53am

China plans for next 100 years. President Jinping is an economist, philosopher and a visionary. Chinese philosophy, medicine, mysticism was legendary and now technology. The best thing is that China is one Nation...about time we also turns into one Nation...and work as much as they do. BTW China has about 4000 billion USD as foreign exchange, worlds largest, no other Nation is even close.

Heartiest Welcome president Xi Jinping.

Awais Ali Apr 20, 2015 11:54am

Today is frustration day for our one neighbor as other neighbor is making history with its all weather friend.

saleemullah Apr 20, 2015 11:54am

Heartiest welcome to our distinguished guest. Long live PAK-CHINA friendship. 

Palijo Apr 20, 2015 11:56am

Jobs are already scarce in Pakistan. If the visit of the Chinese president is followed by even greater influx of Chinese imports in the market, unemployment will go up. Suffering of people will increase.

Desi lad Apr 20, 2015 11:57am

I sincerely wish China's investment does great for Pakistan. I also hope that a branch of the proposed fuel pipeline also goes through India to the Southern China. And India can consume from it too.

That way, India would not be able to block fuel to China because Pakistan would block the supply to India. And Pakistan would have to ensure supply to India because China would not be happy if it gets cut-off. Tying the nations with this complex Business alliances are the only way to guarantee that there are no more wars and there is prosperity for all. If Europe and Russia could be interlinked together with gas pipeline diplomacy, India-Pak-China have intelligent leaders too. Or is it just one fool's dream.

Jay Patel Apr 20, 2015 11:58am

Lets see how much aid china would offer to Pakistan

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Apr 20, 2015 11:58am

Welcome Sir, such an honour to have you in our country.

PAKISTAN AND CHINA friends for ever. We in Pakistan love China, our true friend

Rohan Apr 20, 2015 11:59am
            @Tranquil Before visiting pak he visited India and next month modi is going to China. 
Aslan Apr 20, 2015 12:00pm

@Moosa Your comments made me laugh continuously for 15 minutes :p Bravo Bro ;)

ziaurrehman Apr 20, 2015 12:00pm

While I welcome all this Sino pak economic corridor thingy, I hope this does not in anyway benifit the ruling family of Pakistan and only proves to be beneficial to ppl of pk particularly balochistan

Manjeet kocchar Apr 20, 2015 12:01pm

Congratulations at last you have got it

abuzar Apr 20, 2015 12:01pm

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. (China our most trusted friend)

China and Pakistan friendship higher than Himalayas and deeper than any ocean.

Welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Dinesh Singh Apr 20, 2015 12:02pm

Nawaz Sarif is looking very uncomfortable in suit in this heat.

Zia Taqdees Apr 20, 2015 12:04pm

Welcome China and Goodbye Dharna

Dinesh Singh Apr 20, 2015 12:04pm

@Tranquil But where are comments by Indians. All I see a see of welcome messages. Good luck.

Chirag Patel Apr 20, 2015 12:05pm

Let's see NS speak to the Chinaman about Uzghir province....

Anwar Apr 20, 2015 12:06pm

Long Live Sino-Pak friendship ! !!! Welcome Mr President !!!!!

goldconsumer Apr 20, 2015 12:06pm

@Ravi jha Why?

ALI ADNAN Apr 20, 2015 12:12pm

In cartoons when cat look on a live chicken or other eatable animal in his imagination a grilled chicken pops up , similarly our leaders are looking at their chinese counterpart. When they look at him they see dollars. Continuously our media is screaming about 47 billion dollars nothing else. We do have strategic relationship too with China in addition to 47 billion dollars they should emphasise on them also.

Zia Taqdees Apr 20, 2015 12:12pm

Welcome China and Goobbye Dharna

nasir jamal Apr 20, 2015 12:12pm

@Rao jealous

Manjeet kocchar Apr 20, 2015 12:14pm

Grow up guys only you have the ability to change your fate no body else can do that job.

hyat Apr 20, 2015 12:16pm

i feel burning smell from our eastern neighbor.

NAVEED Apr 20, 2015 12:17pm

@ashraf China will be the winner in any case, but their strategy came with prosparity to pakistan as well.....

mian zahir Apr 20, 2015 12:17pm


nasir jamal Apr 20, 2015 12:18pm

@Manjeet kocchar oh really.

Farhan Apr 20, 2015 12:19pm

@Ravi jha grapes seem very bitter.. :)

Ramesh K Apr 20, 2015 12:19pm

@Awais Ali There is some useful business going on in your country. Even at this time, it's nice that you remember your neighbour for whatever reason.

Akrama Apr 20, 2015 12:25pm

china has been there for Pak in times of need and they are our distinguished guests therefore welcoming them whole heartedly is necessary .

Dharmendra Mishra Apr 20, 2015 12:26pm

Hope it will be great and fruitful visits, Considering the power crisis some rigid and stable decision shall be made. That will be much needed for Pakistan at this time. Hope bold decision shall be made related with economy

Nikhil Apr 20, 2015 12:27pm

Wishing Pakistan All the Best in hosting the premiere. Here's hoping for some stability in the region. A prosperous Pakistan is great news for India. God Bless!

Nadeem Apr 20, 2015 12:29pm

welcome to Pakistan ....

Nadeem Apr 20, 2015 12:31pm

Welcome to Pakistan

Jay Patel Apr 20, 2015 12:31pm

Why the army man was walking ahead of President XI Jinping ? They must walk behind him. I have never seen anywhere in the world.

Was it intentional perhaps for security reasons or this is how you don;t care of visitor's dignity and respect?

Zaffar Apr 20, 2015 12:36pm

Oh yeah, he is in Pakistan. Finally Pakistan is successful to bring in some money to support her economy. Historic success for Nawaz Shariff and Chinese companies to Push more Chinese goods in Pakistan Market. A matter of pride for every Pakistani.

AW Apr 20, 2015 12:37pm

President Xi Jinping seems secure, rational, wise and humble man from his body language. The Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan looks graceful and elegant. Our leaders should learn the mannerism from him and let go of arrogance and false pride.

Einstein Babar Apr 20, 2015 12:37pm

@Manjeet kocchar Than why Indians were dancing during the visit of Obama

Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 12:38pm

We welcome our Chinese guests to Pakistan. An opportune time for all Pakistanis to strive to achieve greater prosperity and emergence as a regional economic and military power. Long Live Pakistan!

Einstein Babar Apr 20, 2015 12:38pm

welcoming him warmly is not a bad thing, I remember dancing Indians during Obama's visit.

Arun Sasi Apr 20, 2015 12:41pm

@Hope lol

Positive Kid Apr 20, 2015 12:41pm

AN OFFER: Please adopt our beloved Pak Land until we are able to handle this noble gift of God !

aryanstan Apr 20, 2015 12:42pm

Things looking very rosy for Pak with China, Russia, Afghan, Iran hand in hand, Pak is on way to become leader of muslim world.

Harmony Apr 20, 2015 12:42pm

@Mullah Deewana - Why jealousy?

no_hanky_panky Apr 20, 2015 12:44pm

Pakistan must raise the issue of human rights violations of Uighur Muslims in China..Pakistan must not turn its back to Islam and Muslim dignity for some highway or think tank and show the Chinese how strong and upright a spine it has.

M Kainth Apr 20, 2015 12:48pm

Its good that China will invest in Pakistan and hopefully a common man will see benefits in their lives. But the point is China is the winner in the end. Why can't Pakistan make roads and infrastructure on its own. The aim should be - Self sufficient and not asking for help.

Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 12:48pm

Pakistan- China friendship is a model for all countries to follow. It has stood the test of time.

fayaz ahmed Apr 20, 2015 12:48pm

@Ravi jha look at your country first, then raise fingers at others.

Ahmed USA Apr 20, 2015 12:49pm

Pak-China friendship Zindabad!!!

aslam shaikh Apr 20, 2015 12:50pm

I wish the best to both countries. I hope that the projects are financed very very carefully by Chinese so that all the money is actually used in the right place.

M. SaleemRaikodi Apr 20, 2015 12:51pm

@Ravi jha Very true

Harmony Apr 20, 2015 12:51pm

@Gerry dcunha - We have already heard about "your views" in your 'democracy' about treatment of your minorities. Read Latha Jishnu under 'Opinion'. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Einstein Babar Apr 20, 2015 12:52pm

@Palijo have some brain, it will grow business and will provide more employment opportunities. Chinese workers are not coming only chinese money is coming.

Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 12:52pm

It was in 1964 that PIA Pakistan International Airlines became the first commercial airline to fly into China. That was 50 years ago! How times fly.

whats in a name Apr 20, 2015 12:52pm

@ashraf Thats the whole idea here. It is unthinkable how Pakistan is going to protect these investments of Chinese with Terror looming large everyday. Moreover can a small country which does not rule a part of its own area (FATA region) protect any investment done by foreign country ? If so, then how ?

MIM Apr 20, 2015 12:53pm

@Dinesh Singh Nice observation...

Einstein Babar Apr 20, 2015 12:53pm

@Ravi jha This visit is focused on revival of economy, you can come later.

qudrat ullah Apr 20, 2015 12:53pm

a definite win against arch rival india.

Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 12:53pm

The trust and friendship between neighborly Pakistan and China has blossomed and sets an example for all nations to follow. It is exemplary and time tested. It is higher than the highest mountain and deeper than the deepest ocean. It is love between two peoples and bondage that transcends culture. It is mutual respect for each other.

Chine Pakistani bhai bhai

fayaz ahmed Apr 20, 2015 12:56pm

lets hope that the visit will provide benefits to both the neighbours. india is the only country which has hostile relations with its neighbours which impedes in its development

Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 12:56pm

China is the next and the only hope left for this world. The existing geo-political paradigm has failed. Poverty, schisms, conflicts, democratic demise is prevalent and the world is a divided place. We need change. Change from status quo. Change from the UN system. Change from current superpower imbalance and ineffectiveness. In this context, everything else becomes redundant and irrelevant. What is of importance is the fact that China has come a long way in the past 15 years.

Einstein Babar Apr 20, 2015 12:57pm

@aryanstan I agree with your proposal but China's own population is very huge.

whats in the name Apr 20, 2015 01:01pm

@hyat this is hilarious. He already had visted your eastern between china and your eastern neighbour is at least 10 times bigger than your trade with china.

nation lover Apr 20, 2015 01:01pm

iron brothers...?? how can some body explain it..???

ALI ADNAN Apr 20, 2015 01:01pm

@Blue Saffron countries don't have friendships, they have mutual benefits. As long as the benefits are mutual they remain friends.

Waqar Apr 20, 2015 01:02pm

Now President Xi is here. Let's show him our hospitality. We should not even let him go - we should treat him like a king for rest of the life

nation lover Apr 20, 2015 01:03pm

@Tranquil ha ha staying in pakistan for 2 days but for indonesia for 4 days

Waqar Apr 20, 2015 01:04pm

China knows that its future growth is not possible without Pakistan. They need Pakistan's strategic location to succeed. Pakistan should not let go of this advantage.

ur Apr 20, 2015 01:05pm

Does AIR China Plane come with a Warranty??

Aftab Apr 20, 2015 01:06pm

Welcome To Pakistan

Harmony Apr 20, 2015 01:08pm

@nation lover - Good to hide your frustration under "ha ha".

an indian Apr 20, 2015 01:09pm

Once Chankya said "weak person doesn't have any friends and powerful person doesn't have any enemies"

Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 01:09pm

Pakistan, march forward with belief in yourself, resilience and perseverance. After all, you have survived sixty years against all odds and I will guarantee you that you will survive and outlive the others who will do you harm. God Speed and Good Luck. In God We Trust.

whats in the name Apr 20, 2015 01:10pm

Suites and ties are important to look professional But it would be really difficult to wear one and go out in hot summer day. Does cloths belongs to our land looks really odd?

Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 01:10pm

Pakistan should look inward for putting the country on a track to increased prosperity. However, it should look outwards to position itself based on the competitive advantages it has regionally, politically and geographically. Linkages with Middle East, Europe, CAS and China are Pakistan's strong point and why some neighboring countries are trying to undermine it.

Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 01:11pm

Pakistan is the Parthenon of sacrifices for the cause of peace and prosperity in the world and the region.

Zulfiqar Baig Apr 20, 2015 01:13pm

China is a real friend of Pakistan..Welcome to Pakistan..

rabz Apr 20, 2015 01:14pm

Long live Pakistan and China.

Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 01:15pm

Pakistan is the Pantheon of the civilized world. A culture so rich, a legacy so beautiful and a history so vibrant.

Einstein Babar Apr 20, 2015 01:16pm

@nation lover its not about how much time he spends here.

Haider Rehman Apr 20, 2015 01:16pm

Welcome Mr President. I hope you have a good stay!

Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 01:16pm

It appears to me that Pakistan is the bulwark of capitalism and democracy in the region and considers strong and democratic neighbors as an asset

Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 01:17pm

It was Pakistan that enabled Americans to establish their first contact with Chinese when Kissinger and Nixon travelled to China. How times fly!

Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 01:18pm

Pakistanis eptiomize the very meaning of the Pakistani flag and what it stands for. A deeply ingrained personification of the love for people of all cultures, religion, and creed. Very few countries can claim this. But Pakistan walks the walk and talks the talk. An example for all neighbors and global powers alike.

shahzad Apr 20, 2015 01:18pm

..this is a welcome visit of The President of An Economic giant and super door let see what balancing overtures are shown by the reigning super Power (US). Our leaders must not be carried away by the feat only but harvest from the competitiveness amongst the developing geopolitics.

Patriot Apr 20, 2015 01:21pm

Welcome Sir..

muhammadzauq Apr 20, 2015 01:22pm

@Yogender lodhi gone to your home

bulesha Apr 20, 2015 01:22pm

@Tranquil no dear we are happy for you, we need developed Pakistan, so that youngster should be on lathe machine and not on machine guns.

Rouge Apr 20, 2015 01:26pm

You cannot build your lives with a honor with a begging bowl always in your hand. China was and never a trusted friend. They will use and throw. For this instance they need new market as their production is running lower than capacity and they need to run it continuously to full capacity to boost their economy.

Sam Apr 20, 2015 01:28pm

Indians trying their best to do what they do best. Bust all it shows is how insecure and jealous they are. Long live China long live Pak.

Goga Nalaik Apr 20, 2015 01:28pm

We welcome our distinguished Chinese President.

Indian should calm down and Watch the game...

Irfan Umrani Apr 20, 2015 01:29pm

welcome President

RJ Apr 20, 2015 01:30pm

@Warrior Bin Qasim Yes best friend who is visiting Pak after 9 years

Swaroop Apr 20, 2015 01:32pm

@Harmony To all my overexcited neighbors...This is not even a news in any of the prominent Indian newspapers...There is nothing for India to be jealous about in fact i am happy and I believe there should be cordial and friendly relations between neighbor countries...Don't go over the top like you guys did with the US in past...have a balanced approach..for the rest..All the best!

Palijo Apr 20, 2015 01:33pm

All the people oohing and aahing at the visit should read this excellent analysis by Cyril Almedia that was published in Dawn on Sunday:

A true eye opener it is. Most likely this visit by the Chinese president will be as fruitless for Pakistan as the dozens of similar visits that preceded it. Nothing good will come out of this as well.

Remember that all that glitters is not gold.

raj Apr 20, 2015 01:36pm

Pakistan hospitality or Pakistan submission ....whatever,at best !!!

IndianSamurai Apr 20, 2015 01:40pm

In First phase of $ 28 billion investment, $20 billion is being invested in Power sectors by Chinese companies which were assured by Pakistan to buyback the electricity at premium price. So, this is good for Chinese. But I doubt benefit of Pakistan here. Dear Pak brothers, Please careful with dragon.

O Really Apr 20, 2015 01:40pm

China means business and only business. Question is what are they selling and how are they getting paid for it?

Raja Apr 20, 2015 01:41pm

Pakistan China Bhai Bhai. China has been Pakistan's best friend since 1947 and will always remain the best.

asghar Apr 20, 2015 01:43pm

Truly deserved honour for Xi. Only the 5th chones premier to receive it. Gaddafi and saddam Hussain has graced the trophy in the past.

ABK Apr 20, 2015 01:44pm

PTV needs to buy good quality cameras, previously at Pak Day parade and now at the Chinese president welcome, the picture quality is pathetic, if PTV cannot cover the event properly, any news channel like Dawn can cover it with much better equipment..

Harris Apr 20, 2015 01:47pm

Pakistan should have close relationship with all its immediate neighbours... We need to reach our potential..

a patriot Apr 20, 2015 01:51pm

thank u to our chinese friends. and hats off to nawaz sharif n the govt for mking it possible.

rational guy Apr 20, 2015 01:53pm

I look positively to xi visit, hope it brings prosperity to pak. Wishes from India

KM Apr 20, 2015 01:55pm

@Waqar LOL

Einstein Babar Apr 20, 2015 01:55pm

@O Really Gawadar port is the biggest requirement of China and Pakistan have it. I guess you got the answer.

Vishal Apr 20, 2015 01:58pm

@asghar and see what happened to them .. this proves that Pakistan was wrong, is wrong and perhaps will always be wrong.

Calcutta Man Apr 20, 2015 01:59pm

@Warrior Bin Qasim

You guys are a sad lot

Einstein Babar Apr 20, 2015 02:00pm

I appreciate the quality of Dawn news, I visited so many Indian news sites where people use dirty language and abuse each other in comments section. Good work Dawn news you are not doing that cheap practice.

swap Apr 20, 2015 02:02pm

human right violations against muslims in Xinjiang region must be top agenda in this meeting

N.Sid Apr 20, 2015 02:03pm

@jason China is investing 46 billion USD in Pakistan in the next few years in energy and infrastructure. Much more than the recent pledges in India. They were about to invest 20 billion USD in India, but during Xi visit, China forces invaded Ladakh sector and the visit partly failed. The investment didn't realized as predicted, down to a couple billion USD. Yes the two way trade is huge between the two countries heavily in favor of China. China is a 10 trillion USD economy and India is about 2.0 trillion USD.

Qaiser Nadeem Apr 20, 2015 02:11pm

We boast so much of our friendship with China and on the other hand PEC & PMDC don't recognize their Universities.

Humaun Kabir Apr 20, 2015 02:17pm

What about if all the projects are same rail engines from China. Billions of kick backs would go to rulers and cronies and poor people of Pakistan would keep on paying the cost.

A shah Apr 20, 2015 02:19pm

This visit will only be worth anything if deals are signed. Not the pointless MoUs we get. India is able to get ink on paper so why can't we?

furqan Apr 20, 2015 02:19pm

Its not good to depend on a single country this much..remember "Heavy Price" dialog by ur own brothers..

ilias Apr 20, 2015 02:19pm

WOW.....That has pumped some extra blood in my whole body...may God Bless Pakistan !

A shah Apr 20, 2015 02:23pm

NS is looking very uncomfortable. Tensions are high

Indain Apr 20, 2015 02:26pm

@Einstein Babar Pls suggest me you are talking for which new portal? well but dawn Quality is no doubt, is international.

Abdul Basit Apr 20, 2015 02:36pm

Let us build schools for Education of all children with the Chinese economic package.

All 5 - 15 years old children in Pakistan must go to school.

This will be destiny changing.

Viqar Khilji Apr 20, 2015 02:39pm

All projects having a worth of US $ one billion or more and funded/financed by Foriegn Donors, International Finance Institutions or foriegn countries under whatever arrangements (Investment, Aid, Loan), should be placed before the Parliament for approval. People have a right to know complete details as it is they who will eventually have to foot the bill or face the consequences. The politicians in order to make short term political gains, have already landed Palistan in a heap of internal and external debts. If one were to conduct an audit of the donations/aid so far received or national debts so far incurred, I am sure we will not be able to account for the money spent.

ashantilal Apr 20, 2015 02:43pm

not only pakistan, india could benefit from it as well, we can extend this corridore towards centeral asia to europe, also could make bridges from southern pak to gulf states. india should think about it.

KHALID SOHAIL SHAIKH Apr 20, 2015 02:47pm

All is great, IF no corruption by corrupt group.

whats in a name Apr 20, 2015 02:48pm

@ilias Oh why is that ? Not used to hear much of good news ?

Mahesh Apr 20, 2015 02:50pm

Photos are not clear.

Waheed Awan Apr 20, 2015 02:52pm

First of all we warmly welcome President Xi Jinping on his visit to Pakistan which shows the commitment of Government of China as well as Peoples of China towards Pakistan. We also appreciate the efforts of present government especially Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif who make sincere efforts to materialize this visit. After Mr. Obama's visit to India, the visit of Chines President is very important for Pakistan. China is a true friend of Pakistan who always stand shoulder to shoulder with Pakistan on every time of need. China's support to Pakistan always remain unconditional. The Chines President visit to Pakistan open the corridor of success for Pakistan. This visit helps us to eliminate the shortage of electricity. China will also meet the defence needs of Pakistan which will bring peace in the South Asia. The doors of jobs will also open for the general public of Pakistan.

solution Apr 20, 2015 02:54pm

The US PNAC failed now, China wins

Usman Jatt Apr 20, 2015 02:57pm

@Sandhu Oh Jee Oh Jatta Jee - well said!!! good weather @ good friend :)

victor Apr 20, 2015 02:57pm

Brother or new Master? What about the Muslims in China?Are we not going to speak up for them?

uhu Apr 20, 2015 03:03pm

Money, money, money !!!

abid Apr 20, 2015 03:08pm

china is very important for us especialy economic and defense so pak should strenghten these relationship

Moona Apr 20, 2015 03:10pm

The credit goes to Nawaz Sharif. Well-done Mr. Prime Minister!

Moona Apr 20, 2015 03:11pm

A warm welcome to the Chinese president.

Moona Apr 20, 2015 03:11pm

@Sal You sound like an envious neighbor.

Moosa Apr 20, 2015 03:24pm

@Aslan humbled! :p

Harmony Apr 20, 2015 03:26pm

@rational guy - Thanks! Prosperity and peace for any country in the region is good for others in the region and rubs along!

Happy Apr 20, 2015 03:32pm

@UR A very appropriate question. Pakistan will have to live upto it's end of the deal otherwise China has other route options. Unfortunately Pakistan has overestimated its perceived strategic location for decades.

Aziz wazir Apr 20, 2015 03:32pm

Welcome President Xi Jinping

salman Apr 20, 2015 03:38pm

But there needs to be transparency that this money will not benefit Shareefs and his servants.

dipak Apr 20, 2015 03:39pm

stable prosperous and devellop pakistan is in the interest of all region bcos pakistan only has given most secrifice of their rangers soldiers common man and school children killed by countries own extremist, no other country has suffered more. hope for the best good luck with heart.

Waheed Awan Apr 20, 2015 03:44pm

This visit will be game changer in the South Asia and also bring economic development in Pakistan.

Ranga Apr 20, 2015 03:55pm

Chinese are hard working, resulted oriented smart people. Hope all, India inclusive, learn from them. Sincere wishes to Pakistani citizens. As Asians, we should look at each other for support more than depending on western faraway countries.

Abdul Basit Apr 20, 2015 04:33pm

The friendship between China and Pakistan is based on mutual respect. The focus on economic relations between both countries could include establishment of educational facilities for all Pakistani children aged 5 - 15 years. The best way out of poverty for Pakistan is education.

Iqbal Apr 20, 2015 05:04pm

So now we believe China will be savior. Guys, he is here to do business and will probably start dumping goods which do not sell in China. And anyway Modi is going to China next month.

Sandip Apr 20, 2015 05:18pm

@Tranquil hi

Actually the deal is good for India also. If China invest in Pak more and more ppl will get jobs and education and they might move away from terrorist organization and that is really good for India and PAK

Vikas Rehman Apr 20, 2015 05:36pm

Whilst any investment is welcome, don't forget its investment only. 35 billion dollars of investment, all new energy project will be OWNED by the Chinese company, and Pakistan will have to buy the energy under all circumstances. This would make some good returns for china. The rest are soft loans for different projects.

logic Apr 20, 2015 05:42pm

@saleemullah human right violations against muslims in Xinjiang region must be top agenda in this meeting

logic Apr 20, 2015 05:43pm

human right violations against muslims in Xinjiang region must be top agenda in this meeting

Mariam Apr 20, 2015 05:43pm

Heartiest Welcome!

Farhan Apr 20, 2015 05:44pm

@dipak thanks for ur sane comments and wishes

khanakharab Apr 20, 2015 05:46pm

China has imperialist ambitions... be careful what you wish for.

DoesItMatter Apr 20, 2015 05:49pm

So did the people of Gotham appreciated the Batman...come out of the Marvel world guys...

Hindutavi Rakshas Apr 20, 2015 05:54pm

Thank you China.We are proud on sincere and long standing time tested friendship with China like great wall of China.

Adnan Apr 20, 2015 05:55pm

hope for the best to all pakistani excluding politicians

Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 06:03pm

To our Chinese guests::::

Pakistan has a plethora of talent in technology including software. Lahore is like Boston, a historic city of culture, education and history and full of colleges like Harvard and MIT.

The youth of Pakistan are committed to being part of world progress and passionate about it.

According to a recent IMF report, Pakistan has the potential of immense growth and progress surpassing all expectations.

Nilesh Apr 20, 2015 06:05pm

Congrats pakistan... hope this trip bring prosperity and investment for next generations bright future.

Ramasab Apr 20, 2015 06:32pm

An economically vibrant and prosperous Pakistan will be a stabilizing force in south Asia. It also provides a befitting reply to zealots that are dragging Pakistan and the entire region down. It shall remain interesting to see how Pakistan's army takes it since it has managed to insert itself deep into Pakistan's energy sector. Bereft of that interest, army may find itself relegated to barracks and not fighting real and imaginary enemies. All is all a win-win situation for Pakistan and the region

babadook Apr 20, 2015 06:40pm

If Pakistan develops that is good for us. Less instability, more trade with them and as a whole South Asia will develop. Currently, South Asia is one of the poor regions along with sub Sahara Africa. 46 billion for Pakistan is like $350 for India. huge amount

Adi Apr 20, 2015 06:42pm

Welcome President Xi Jinping. We welcome you with all our heart.

harmony Apr 20, 2015 06:43pm

150MOU that is a new world record.

Abdul Basit Apr 20, 2015 06:43pm

@Abdul Basit India, please take a note of "Mutual Respect". We Pakistani people will respect India to the same level as we will receive from India.

Euro Apr 20, 2015 06:45pm

China and Pakistan have had contact long before China became China and Pakistan became Pakistan with people to people contacts. We are both very old people.

sagar Apr 20, 2015 06:46pm

I am an Indian but still happy for this major development, we have also got around $20 bn but please do not be over dependent on china

Mo Apr 20, 2015 06:56pm

@jason Because we don't have anything to invest in.

Raza Apr 20, 2015 07:12pm

I am impressed that Chinese first lady wore Pakistani flag colors on arrival (GREEN and WHITE) :)

Tarannum S. Apr 20, 2015 07:27pm

Happy to see the Chinese president in Pakistan. The economic corridor investment is something Pakistan needs to be careful about. The Chinese are keeping most benefits to themselves. There may be some indirect real estate price hike benefits to Pakistan though.

Nisar Apr 20, 2015 07:33pm

@Zaffar deals worth $45 Bilion are not signed everyday, so please be happy.

Namesake Apr 20, 2015 07:37pm

@Tranquil : Doesn't look like you are enjoying.

Namesake Apr 20, 2015 07:39pm

@Awais Ali : All weather master

Namesake Apr 20, 2015 07:40pm

@jason : So true!

Ashi Apr 20, 2015 07:44pm

Of course Pakistan needs to be careful with this investment but then every investment is risky. No country will invest in another country unless they've an agenda. It doesn't mean Pak should not be happy with this investment. It'll bring progress to Pak.

With the energy treaty, China will end up owning all the power it'll generate in Pak and will sell it back to Pak and make money. Also, most of the money it's investing is a high interest loan.

Still Pakistan will benefit from it as it'll create jobs and build infrastructure. So congrats Pakistan.

nj01 Apr 20, 2015 07:56pm

A dhost from India, best wishes to China and Pakistan Friendship!!

wiser Apr 20, 2015 08:03pm

Let us get over this MOU stuff and do something beyond. Chinese are indeed a hardworking people but not angels. They have their skeletons too in the cupboards. PML N govt is always willing to be taken for a ride when it comes to Saudis or Chinese. Self esteem is alien to Nawaz Sharif and here there is no exception.

Kashmirie Apr 20, 2015 08:04pm

@rational guy thanks for good wishes

Patras Apr 20, 2015 08:11pm

Pak China Friendship wan zoey

KHALID SOHAIL Apr 20, 2015 08:14pm


Hamid Apr 20, 2015 08:15pm

Will someone ask these 'dharna' fellows,what are they feeling now? they were told,that the chinese president won't come or china won't make any investment in pakistan etc. Will someone reply,what greater national interest they were serving?

Z Apr 20, 2015 08:19pm

@Ero but you are forgetting, it is India who has expanded her borders a few times already.

Vorshal Apr 20, 2015 08:19pm

It is great trade corridor all the way for China but only when it is completed. It will immensely benefit China for its trade by way of cheaper and competitive goods to other markets as well as Pakistan. So much for the local markets of Pakistan and it will get free highway, subject to terms, on its territory to be used essentially by China. Great investments, great benefit for China. Cost benefit works out well! Now Pakistan has to develop its industrial base and produce at a competitive market to make any economic sense out of it.

Nasser Apr 20, 2015 08:20pm

Let us not be naive. China's actions are based on pure self-interest. But this is very natural and nothing wrong with it. What makes China so different to all others is that it understands the other party should benefit too in the process and thus seals a long-lasting business and emotional relationship. A sequence of high rate constant growth, year in year out, since 1978 proves that the Chinese always take a LONG term view on all aspects. Pakistan is an extremely important ally for China. The history of co-operation and support over the years, and Pakistan's STRATEGIC position in the globe providing access to the sea to Western China and the central Asian republics are the main reasons. The problem is that Saudi Arabia, the Gulf countries, and the US are against the prosperity of both countries. We can only hope that China pushes the agenda practically all on its own - to achieve IT'S objectives. The benefit to Pakistan would be immense, and all of it as a by-product.

Z Apr 20, 2015 08:20pm

@Tranquil and they have so many colors but all with a common theme!

Babaji ka Thullu Apr 20, 2015 08:23pm

@an indian Well said. It is a universal truth.

ashutosh Apr 20, 2015 08:23pm

Why are the JF Thunder jets escorting the Chinese leadr's plane? Isn't this a bit too much, won't call it supine or something though. But avoidable for sure.

Z Apr 20, 2015 08:24pm

@Dinesh Singh yes, I know you have the ability to see only what you want to see.

LALIT TURAN Apr 20, 2015 08:30pm

I hope that there will be no space for terrorism in developed Pakistan

WU Apr 20, 2015 08:33pm

Hello my pakistan friends,

I am chinese, i am happy to see your warmest comments about our friendship, i want to thank pakistan people to let chinese have a good friend.

As always, we have no problem at all and we have a common opinion about many things so we are friends, it's a very good thing, isn't it? and we are good neighbors!

I will not forget when many western countries boycot Beijing Olympic 2008, in Paris' relay, I met a pakistan in the street, when others "boycot" and make many political blaim even in the sport event, he tell me: "pakistan and china are brothers! I support you!" You know I was so touched! Every country has his problem, we need respect each other and we need true friend, isn't it?

So thank pakistan and let's make our futur better together!

THINKER Apr 20, 2015 08:35pm

china is constructing its highway on pak soil and pakistan is so happy about it

ayesha gul Apr 20, 2015 08:35pm

india's war history with china and disputed territories in the eastern does not have anything to do with Pakistan-China friendship and development. So indians please don't be jealous of it and leave us alone i thought india appreciate good development in Pakistan than what is wrong with it???

Z Apr 20, 2015 08:38pm

@Palijo please also read peoples comments to that article. Please be positive and do something real & positive.

NAVEED KHAN Apr 20, 2015 08:41pm

all the agreement done for interest of lahore . there is nothing seen for development of poor provinces. we condole these bias decisions by government.

Kaz Apr 20, 2015 08:41pm

Great news. So happy today. InshaAllah this tour will change fate of Pakistan and make it a large developing and progressive country.

KHALID SOHAIL Apr 20, 2015 08:44pm

Two beautiful nations are trying to create a beautiful example of friendship. This will be a gift for the prosperity of poor nations.

atiqullah kakar Apr 20, 2015 08:45pm

well step taken for poor economy of pakistan

Csk Apr 20, 2015 08:45pm

Awesome now NS can become a global businessman.., going to be in Forbes list of the richest!

Alam Apr 20, 2015 08:47pm

@Desi lad ...positive thinking....appreciated

Zak Apr 20, 2015 08:50pm

The new journey begins. The foundations of the 'iron clad' brotherhood. The entire western block, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Central Asia to Russia and ME. Eastern side volatile due to Kashmir issue. Once UN plebiscite, Eastern block can ask pakistan to allow them to join.

Zak Apr 20, 2015 08:51pm

@Yogender lodhi they are away from country like Indian PM, everywhere but back in his country.

a patriot Apr 20, 2015 08:53pm

a friend in need is a friend indeed. China is the only true n reliable friend of Pakistan. May our friendship last longer then our enemies.

Zak Apr 20, 2015 08:53pm

@Rao both in China's favour, phir sey sochlo.

Alam Apr 20, 2015 08:56pm

@Rohan ...." before visiting Pak he visited India". China decided to invest USD.46 billion in Pakistan...after Modi visit China, the investment may be doubled.

Akib Apr 20, 2015 08:58pm

@Yogender lodhi calm down and read the entire article.

Zak Apr 20, 2015 08:58pm

China sits on 3 trillion dollars cash reserve and looks like 2% of that is going to one country- Pakistan.

Rashid Apr 20, 2015 08:59pm

@jason because India is 700% time more populous than Pakistan

Zak Apr 20, 2015 09:01pm

8 J 17 escorting the Chinese president plane, what a sight! We have not given that ceremonial welcome to anyone. Chinese media have splashed that picture all over their country in all media. Chinese people comments are awesome.

adnan Apr 20, 2015 09:05pm
            power plants in punjab.. metro train in punjab.. all projects punjab based.. gwadar only benefited because china wanted it.. otherwise would have no deal.... 

so.. is nawaz only prime minister of punjab or pakistan?

Black Sabbath Apr 20, 2015 09:08pm

A stable & prosperous Pakistan is in everyone's interest, including India's but Pakistan will have to wipe out terrorism from its soil on its own. China or another "friend" can not do that.

putin Apr 20, 2015 09:10pm

ancient china learnt a lot of things from india.

rashid Apr 20, 2015 09:12pm

Welcome welcome

Tony Wu Apr 20, 2015 09:17pm

As a Chinese, i have worked in Pak for around 3 years. Easily see that situation of Pak is similar as that of China 20 years ago. The China developed fastly since 1978 because of better policy for foreign investment and her hardworking & smart people. The Chinese people and company study the foreign experience, technic, management etc. In the later 30 years, the Chinese GDP goes up in more than 8% for each year. But as i notice that, most of the workers in Pak are lazy, uneducated, low efficient working and don't want to learn new technic. These people are the foundation of the country's economic. In a word, I hope this historic win-win cooperation between two IRON BROTHER can benefit from each other. ( i hope more benefit for Pak because she really needs more help)

ShahrukhKhan Apr 20, 2015 09:19pm

@Tranquil Hahaha, hilarious....looks like you don't follow news. Chinese businessmen are literally crying to do business in India. India is not blind, religious and emotional country, it pursues its interest. And that's why we call ourselves self-respecting proud Indians.

Babloo Apr 20, 2015 09:35pm

So China gets to build a highway through Pakistan. Good job China. Did you pay anything to acquire the land ?

Robert Apr 20, 2015 09:39pm

There was a time when they called "hindi-cheeni bhai bhai". Now it is "all weather friends". Is it equivalent of 19th century East India Company all over again ? History has tendencies to repeat itself.

AS Apr 20, 2015 09:43pm

Pakistan-China Bhai Bhai :)

KM Apr 20, 2015 09:47pm
            I have read virtually all the comments on this topic here and all I can deduce is that, as if the visit of Chinese president is like a magic wand for us. Abracadabra and all our problems will be solved.
Blue Saffron Apr 20, 2015 09:47pm

Pakistan China friendship is a fountain of hope and peace for the entire world.

Common Indian Man Apr 20, 2015 09:48pm

Good that China is looking to develop and make investments in Pakistan. A stable and proprous Pakistan is good for South Asia.

Nazeer Ahmed Apr 20, 2015 09:51pm

China is a friend which has supported us in all kith and kin.when we look from India s perspective this is only the veto power who will stand with us against all worldly consipiricies

Nazeer Ahmed Apr 20, 2015 10:00pm

China is really a friendly country of which we are proud of.

Raja Apr 20, 2015 10:05pm

Beautiful, just Awesome. God bless Pakistan and China.

raj Apr 20, 2015 10:20pm

MOU's...LoL how many have been signed. If one goes by the amount in MOU's pakistan GDP will be 1 trillion, while reality is they are barely 1/5th of that.

khadeejah Apr 20, 2015 10:25pm

Whole nations welcomes warm heartedly the Chinese President. today's visit will be a game-changer not only for Pakistan but also for China as well. All the Best!

ajmal khan Apr 20, 2015 10:32pm

why all projects for lahore

Bilal Sherazi Apr 20, 2015 10:38pm

Chinese investment in Pakistan is similar to USA's Marshall Plan for Europe. It will change the fate of the country.

Indus Apr 20, 2015 10:41pm

It is good if Pakistan progress. They have to have rule of law no terrorism social justice. There will be peace in India and Afghanistan. I wish good luck from India.

Hassan Apr 20, 2015 10:54pm

This will do absolutely NOTHING. The only thing that can put back on the road to prosperity and self reliance is Education and focus on human resource development.

Abdullah Yousuf Apr 20, 2015 10:57pm

A very warm welcome & congrats to President Xi Jinping,& PM Nawaz Shareef,for Economic Corridor,China has already freighting via rail goods from China to Europe and vice versa,to Hamburg Germany say 10,214km, and to Spain 13000km,so there should be no apprehensions that the Gwaddar to W.China corridor will be complete in time,and will benefit both the countries.

Rajesh Apr 20, 2015 11:04pm

As an Indian I welcome a positive change in Pakistan. This is good for me too.

Abid Saleem Apr 20, 2015 11:06pm

Nawaz Sharif you must deserve the credit and now we want the continuity of these projects and on time

Black Sabbath Apr 20, 2015 11:12pm

This is just the trailer. The real movie will be played when Modi visits China next month.

Omar Apr 20, 2015 11:12pm

This is a game changer and Chinese are art to realize pakistans strategic potential not to mention growing market with her 200 million strong population. Time for the region of south Asia to move forward and earn its due place in the world.

Rohan Apr 20, 2015 11:13pm

@Alam ya but in india

Yousuf Apr 20, 2015 11:13pm

China investment is always good. They benefit China and Pakistan.. Unlike US and UK who bribe army and harms the whole of Pakistan.

Shujaat Khan Apr 20, 2015 11:25pm

Any kind of investment in Pakistan at the moment is a welcome sign . Pakistan should still be cautious signing long term contracts . I was in East Pakistan in 71 looking for Chinese friends who did not appear . And Mao and comrade Chou En-Lai era was at the height of Pak/China friendship. As a mater of fact Pakistan was the only friend China had.

Ridwan Apr 20, 2015 11:26pm

@M Kainth Even india is looking for investment in infrastructure from foreign companies. You can't question pakistan's need for outside investment and stay silent on India's same need. We are both poor countries who need outsiders to invest in our infrastructure. Once our economies grow, then we won't need any help.

Atif Apr 20, 2015 11:30pm

Enter the dragon...

A shah Apr 20, 2015 11:35pm

All I am seeing is talk and in 10 years bla bla we need help now, we need investment now

Zak Apr 20, 2015 11:36pm

@KM yes they will, projected revenues from the corridor is $ 25billion.

rs Apr 20, 2015 11:46pm

Instead of pushing more traffic through the Karakoram Highway, the governments should create railway links to China. I know that's going to be diffcult in the mountainous region but the old cities around the Karakoram Highway are already suffering from excess traffic and pollution.

mustafa Apr 20, 2015 11:50pm

you are welcome warmly in pakistan.

Good luck! Apr 21, 2015 12:02am

Congrats to both Pakistan and China. Apart from such investments from China, I think there is a lot of trade potential between the asian economies which needs to be exploited for the common good for everyone. I hope these stepping stones will lead to bigger deals in the future, and hopefully including more countries, so that everyone goes lock-step in the direction of development. Development & education are the only ways for all south-asian societies to strengthen and flourish.

amin Sheedi Apr 21, 2015 12:03am

Pakistan help china to come on international form and give boost to be come veto power to UNO security otherwise west was singing the song of Taiwan made in china. We are very proud of friendship of China. China never interfere in religious matter live and let the people live . When our neighbor country collecting the weapon from France, German, Sweden and USA now it time for our security to get help for superpower China. Almost very country has investment from China.Love live our friendship

AA Apr 21, 2015 12:09am

I know China is our closest friend but we should understand that we can't put all of our hopes in someone else to fix our problems... we ourselves have to elevate ourselves otherwise even China would dump us for "more popular" or equal friend

Atam Vetta Apr 21, 2015 12:23am

@abuzar . Absolutely right but the Chinese announced recently that they will build a bridge (road) over Himalayas to reach India through Nepal.

Rashid Sultan Apr 21, 2015 12:23am

@Hope Soon will become China's 1st home. Like Tibet. Where will we all go?

Rachit Apr 21, 2015 12:24am

This is not a panacea. If anything, this is a bitter pill in a sweet wrapper.

Atam Vetta Apr 21, 2015 12:27am

@Jay Patel. This is the standard protocol.

sana Apr 21, 2015 12:39am

Now that's what you call a reception, when a dear one visits the whole family comes to receive him

and the moment when it was told that the first lady dressed green and white for us........was so amazing!

I hope you will be safe and will remember this visit, i liked that way PAF escorted you in 8 planes, that was cool!

A shah Apr 21, 2015 12:40am

Please dear friend china, no more MoUs, can we have real deals like you give to INDIA?

sandeep Apr 21, 2015 12:42am

@Zak cam they provide same kind of security to upcoming Zimbabwe cricket team

Faisal Apr 21, 2015 12:43am

Good job Nawaz Shareef

Omar Apr 21, 2015 12:43am

Chinese are very shrewd businessmen.they are here for their OWN business gains.We on the other hand and still playing the same tune of "friend".In international diplomacy there is no friend,only "national interest". Make peace with India ,we cannot change borders so we must coexist harmoniously.Get off the Saudi and gulf dole,its more poisonous than we think.And internally curb religious extremism and bigotry.

Krishna Upadhya Apr 21, 2015 12:44am

I read earlier, Pakistanis will be learning Chinese in the school. Are Chinese learning Urdu also?

Krishna Upadhya Apr 21, 2015 12:49am

@N.Sid I heard Pakistan will teach Chinese in school and Chinese will be learning Urdu also.

sana Apr 21, 2015 01:10am

@jason "I am confused. If China is Pakistan's all weather friend, why do they invest 97% more in India than in Pakistan?"

and they invaded their troops in India during that investment, didn't they?

SinghIsKing Apr 21, 2015 01:17am

Pakistan that is focused on its economy is good for ho ahead hope for best outcome of Chinese wisit!

Dhanku Apr 21, 2015 01:19am

@harmony "150 MOU that is a new world record."

These MOU are not even worth the paper they are written on until they are implemented. What about those MOUs that never saw light of day ? I am sure majority of these 150 will also fall in that category.

Janikhel Apr 21, 2015 01:19am

Xi Jinping IS NEITHER an economist nor a philosopher, he has some form of technical training, just like hundreds or millions of other Chinese. Top senior communist party members are the sons or some grandsons of Mao Zhe Dong's inner circle, and they all had to agree to ONE man, or you are gone, those who opposed the "Great giant leap" doctrine were banished, tortured and died, which killed over 60 MILLION people, little less than Timurlane, who wiped out 5% of the World's population.

SinghIsKing Apr 21, 2015 01:23am

@Desi lad agree 1000%..what a great idea...gas/oil pipe line from Iran to China trough Pakistan and India...the safety of the pipeline is guaranteed automatically!! Hats off! Hope Chinese PM can see this opportunity!

Dhanku Apr 21, 2015 01:26am

The whole nation is appearing so optimistic after putting all their eggs in the only available basket. Fake it till you make it - thats the motto of all and sundry.

Kashif Khan Apr 21, 2015 01:39am

Next to nothing for Sindh and Karachi. Nawaz Sharif and gang are focusing all the money into Punjab and their personal businesses. Why is the economic detouring through Lahore and skipping Karachi, your biggest economic city? Major corruption going on here.

Tamil Apr 21, 2015 01:50am

Why what has China done that pakistan has to be careful? It seems to have supported pakistan in last 60 years. We have changed so many friends, British, Soviet Union, Russian and now US.

Zak Apr 21, 2015 01:53am

@sandeep yes, and also the Australian women's cricket team also due. New Zealand after. Once they have come and gone, come and comment commendations, if u can surmount your hate.

Zak Apr 21, 2015 01:56am

@Alam Xi called Pakistan, ' iron brother', and India a 'backyard fox'. Status of each clarified.

Zak Apr 21, 2015 01:57am

@Black Sabbath to wipe out terrorism in Pakistan, India will have to hold UN plebiscite in Kashmir. India is the stumbling block for progress of South Asia.

Zak Apr 21, 2015 01:59am

@Krishna Upadhya you are correct. Then Pakistanis will teach indians Urdu , Chinese and English. Arabic optional.

Iftekhar Hassan Apr 21, 2015 01:59am


Well, Pakistan will also win, so it is win-win situation for both

gujju Apr 21, 2015 02:18am

enjoying the comments.

Chinese should invest in infrastructure like roads and railway.

Average leaders are corrupt so bring chineese people to built them and military to protect material from thives.

Pakistan became poor after getting free money to create Taliban.Pakistan needs help, in return pakistan will give you another portion of occupied Kashmir.

Omar Apr 21, 2015 02:25am

@Bilal Sherazi Ahhh,no absolutely not.You are 1 million percent wrong!

Freeman Apr 21, 2015 02:26am

@Nasser Good comments but please correct one thing. No country is against prosperity of others. In fact all countries only interested in their own prosperity, including USA and China. They simply don't care about others who are sinking. Rather they help other countries to prosper so that they could by their products. It look just fair to me.

Rajput Apr 21, 2015 02:26am

@Tranquil Yes, you are right as an Indian I am frustrated and not because of investment. Investment is good, money will give jobs to people and they won't have to pick up guns, which is good for India.

I am frustrated because if only Pakistan has such "Understanding" nature with India, even India could have invested in Pakistan.

Islamic beard gets you arrested in China, force feeding on Radan days... You really have compromised to your code. Wish you did the same for India, even 10% could have saved your country and hate had not destroyed it.


Fatima Apr 21, 2015 02:28am

Thank you Mr Nawaz Sharif for carrying on Mr Musharraf's vision. Please ensure that each and every ruppee goes to the projects and not in the pockets of your politicians. How do you plan to make these projects transparent and corruption free? Wind and solar projects around the world have not been really successful in producin huge amount of power. Let's hope it is successful our country.

Freeman Apr 21, 2015 02:34am

Chinese are not doing this investment to help a poor friend. They in investing their money for their own benefit and it's their right to do so. By itself, this investment is not going to change fate of 200 million people. It's responsibility of Pakistani government and people to take advantage of this opportunity and broaden its industrial base.

Raja Farhat Abbas Apr 21, 2015 02:35am

@WU Long live China Pakistan Friendship and brotherhood,,Thank you my friend for standing by us.

Raja Farhat Abbas Apr 21, 2015 02:38am

China is our true friend, thank you China you are a true super power.

Zak Apr 21, 2015 02:57am

@Z and you are the only one to know them all.

Aamir Akram Apr 21, 2015 03:05am

Bilateral trade between the countries is $15bn per year, between india and china around $70bn. The differential is more than explained by relative size of the two countries.

China pledged $20bn to India over 5 years, seems pakistan is in line for $45bn. Not a huge surprise given respective relations and that india in many cases is a competitor.

Bottom line is should benefit region as a whole, esp if india & pak can get their mutual house in order

Sadiq Balochu Apr 21, 2015 03:16am

we from Baluchistan very surprised Shahbaz Sharif present there no other provinces Chief Ministers were not present. Is this Economic Corridor is for Punjab only or Pakistan ?

Umair Karamat Apr 21, 2015 03:20am

Please don't build more roads. Make more movies , schools, books and infrastructure such as railroad and military bases

Blue Saffron Apr 21, 2015 03:28am

What is our vision for Pakistan in next 3/5/10 yrs? 25 yrs?

If someone had asked this question in 1947 wonder what the response would have been.

Raja Hindustani - Not Apr 21, 2015 04:01am

Come on Indians. Always jealousy.

Hurst Apr 21, 2015 04:20am

We will see when development actually occurs. Till then this is all just a show.

mashael Apr 21, 2015 04:23am

I think everyone including the Indians should see this as positive news. With economic growth finaly my countrymen would find something else to attach to and hopefully they will separate themselves from teh religious rhetoric which has led to the downfall of my beloved nations. Once we are on path of economic growth we can play a mre constructive role in the region and in the world. Hopefully we will be known for exporting something constructive rather than terroris and I am sure that that will be a welcoming development for the whole of the world. China-Pakistan friendship is as much in interest of world (including India) as it is for Pakistan. Of course, if the nation fails, it can destabilise the region and India will not remain immune to that. So, please all of you support the positive development in Pakistan

Pakistani Apr 21, 2015 04:31am

Confession... Ok I came here to read Indian comments!

Surinder Kade Apr 21, 2015 04:32am

@shuaib Remember Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai

R S Tirkie Apr 21, 2015 04:33am

China is a sovreign nation and so is Pakistan. Let them sign any agreement which is mutually benefitial for them.No need to bad mouth anyone. Obama and Putin also visited India. As far as comapring Indian with Chinese,Chinese are far ahead and Indian do'nt possess chinese like managerial capacity. Guyana and Mauritus two conutry run by Indian. Singapore and Taiwan are country run by Chinese. Comapre the perforemnce based on fact.

Swaroop Apr 21, 2015 04:44am

@Zak So you think the Chinese president is going to solve all your problems...Good luck with that!!

A.vjed Iban Apr 21, 2015 04:55am

Because eventually they will takeover and control India's ecnomy

Irshad Khan (CAN) Apr 21, 2015 04:57am

Countries like China, U.K, U.S, or Canada looks after their national interests first; I don’t know why Pakistani people are so excited that China is investing in Pakistan to expand their silk road to Gwadar. Thanks to Nawaz Sharif, China is taking over Gwadar port to build a naval base which China will use as launching pad for their future expansions. The Silk Road from China to Gwadar is purely in Chinese interests. Pakistan is not getting any money from China as an aid, it will be either a loan or a business investment in Pakistan by China. A friend in need is a friend indeed, In 1965 war China did not help Pakistan at all, and in 1970 Pakistan broke into two pieces and eighty thousand troops surrendered . It was a tough time for Pakistan but we did not see China rushing to help Pakistan U.S supported Pakistan with arms and backed Pakistan in U.N; Saudi Arabia helped Pakistan with some fighter jets. Again it was U.S who told India to back out in West Pakistan, India complied.

nauman Apr 21, 2015 05:06am

@Rachit panacea or placebo, you do not need to worry about us brother.

nauman Apr 21, 2015 05:10am

@sandeep It was a guard of honour, not security per se.

ZAK Apr 21, 2015 05:55am

he is here he is here----- our savior----- that is what matters after years of waiting.

idea khan Apr 21, 2015 06:01am

I am very happy for my country. But I need more information. How much money has China paid us for buying Gwadar port land. How much land will they buy for the infrastructure and roads that They want to build. If land is provided free of cost then the use of the port and the roads and electricity should also be free. Something is being hidden from us by our government. The deal may not be as sweet as it seems.

AK Apr 21, 2015 06:52am

Pak has ceded to China , the Aksai Chin in J&K, a territory which legitimately belong to India. This territiry has to be returned to India.

nation lover Apr 21, 2015 07:55am

@Zak ha ha always crying about india...!! china is not giving 46 billion as gift just read MOU'S and speak..!! most of them are discounted loans...!!

Waqar Ahmed Abbasi Apr 21, 2015 08:55am

We warmly welcome Chinese President and his team on there historic visit ...

Rouge Apr 21, 2015 09:36am

People over the board are looking very happy about the visit and the money just announced. But foreign investment doesn't mean a fortune or the gold you have accidentally discovered. Investments are done to make profits. China has very precisely diverted all their effort for infrastructure and power. Infrastructure they will built which benefit their business and will make their reach easy to gulf and west Asian countries. Oil and gas pipeline ensure them abundant and cheap supply of oil and gas from gulf countries. After this china will force free trade agreement so that Pakistan and other countries along the so called corridor will be flooded with Chinese goods without any countervailing tariffs. Giving core infra and power in hands of foreigners is like a suicide. Country will be at their helm. Think how much profits China will earn for this.

KM Apr 21, 2015 09:46am

@Hope You mean to say that any one who gives us alms, Pakistan becomes their automatic 2nd home?

AKA Apr 21, 2015 09:49am

@A.vjed Iban - Unlike War where in One Country attacks other, In Economy's perspective no Country can take over anothers economy until the latter is willing to give its economy for takeover. Unlike Pakistan where its economy is fully dependent on Just One Country, India's economy is self sufficient with good balanced relations to all the major countries.

KM Apr 21, 2015 10:24am

I think our media (and the comments posted here) is going over the top and over playing on the visit of the Chinese president. And our thinking that we are strategically located that Chinese can't do without us. This only exposes and shows to the world our immaturity as a nation. Do you think this visit will be a game changer, as we wish to believe, at least I don't think so.

Usman Apr 21, 2015 12:40pm

Only the Chief Minister of Punjab was present there. What about the other three provinces that need more? Is this a Punjab-based programme?

TrollMeNot Apr 21, 2015 01:41pm

@ABK They are using Chinese equipment provided by government. Poor quality is not their fault altogether.

TrollMeNot Apr 21, 2015 01:43pm

@victor No, You wont understand, this an art of being opportunist..

Raja Farhat Abbas Apr 21, 2015 03:40pm

@Sadiq Balochu Its for all Pakistan.

Raja Farhat Abbas Apr 21, 2015 03:43pm

@Rouge You are giving advice to us Pakistani's from your own begging experience ?

Kamal Gupta Apr 21, 2015 06:30pm

An opportunity like this comes but once in a nation's history.

The scope is huge. Oil pipelines create a market for API Pipes, valves, compressors, storage tanks, concrete & foundation hardware, SCADA systems, and much more. Railway means rails, sleepers, jointing materials, Route Relay systems, power line carrier communications, signals and telecom, a huge amount of software, wagons, wheels, axles, locomotives, etc. Trunk road would require earth movers, steel rebars and fencing, concrete, tar, road paints, inspection tools, traffic management systems; the port means huge concrete work, cranes, warehouses, port management systems etc. And all of this would require world scale and world class detailed engineering & supervision.

Can Pakistan absorb most this business, even though the Chinese are known to be reluctant to use or develop local expertise. If Pakistan misses this opportunity, it will be left with crumbs, with barely 2-5% of the investment going to domestic businesses.

x Apr 21, 2015 11:30pm

How will this help Balochistan? Or any other province other than punjab. The gwadar to china road should go through balochistan and kpk as it is the shorter route and will help an ignored province

Arif Zakaria Apr 22, 2015 01:27am

After our romance with US, Arabia and Turkey, Now we will submit to China.... thats all this is our foreign policy..

CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 01:56am

@Yogender lodhi

   A Silly question.
CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 02:02am

@Ravi jha

    Muslims have always had religious freedom in China.  Go and ask them.  See for yourself.  The Muslim complaint in China is economic, not religious.

You are badly misinformed.

CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 02:09am


    The Chinese have already calculated the final result of this deal - very favorable balance of trade.  Anyone who owns a shop selling cheap Chinese goods will come out all right too.
CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 02:15am


    Come on.  India has 97% more people.  

Or they will have in four more years.

CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 02:22am


    How can that be?  Pakistan makes few products at home the ordinary people have the money to buy.  Pakistanis on the bottom of the pile will be pleased.

How many plastics factories are operating in Pakistan?

CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 02:23am

@Amit Nagori

    There are no similarities.
CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 02:25am

@Awais Ali

    Congratulations President Jin-ping.  You have raised Pakistan's self image.
CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 02:28am


    The Pakistan and Chinese governments both have only been in existence since the late 1940's.
AKSHAY Apr 23, 2015 11:52pm

@Tranquil remember 97% more investment ent

AKSHAY Apr 24, 2015 12:03am

@qudrat ullah afcorce 100bn is a smaller amount compaired to 47 bn deal For us Indian If u remember

AKSHAY Apr 24, 2015 12:10am

@Goga Nalaik actually I have watched the sceries pak vs be 3/0