ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain left Islamabad for Beijing on Tuesday for an official visit to China scheduled from September 1 to 4.
"The visit is being undertaken at the invitation of President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping," Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said.
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The spokesman said during the visit, the president will attend the military parade being held in Beijing to commemorate China’s 70th anniversary of the victory against Japan in the World War II.
The president, along with 30 heads of state, will attend the military parade of China’s People’s Liberation Army at the Tiananmen Square.
President Mamnoon will also hold bilateral meetings with the Chinese president and other dignitaries.
The two sides will review important aspects of bilateral relations. Exchanges will also take place on regional issues and international developments.
Pakistan and China attach highest priority to their strategic cooperative partnership, said a statement from Prime Minister House. Exchanges at the highest level are the hallmark of their unique friendship and wide-ranging cooperation, the handout said.
President Xi Jinping undertook a visit to Pakistan in April 2015 during which the two countries signed agreements for multi-billion dollars projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Pakistan's military contingent arrives
Pakistan's military contingent comprising three armed forces arrived in Beijing on Tuesday to participate in the Chinese commemorative celebrations of the 70th anniversary of victory in the Chinese People’s War of Resistance.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military's media wing, said in a statement that Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Gen Rashad Mahmood has also arrived on an official visit to China to witness the military parade.
The statement added that the Pakistani contingent comprising of 75 troops from three armed forces is one of the largest among seventeen countries which have been invited to participate in the parade.