High-level Chinese official Yang Jiechi to arrive in Islamabad today

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June 29, 2022

During his visit Yang Jiechi will meet Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, PM Shehbaz Sharif

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In this file photo taken on March 18, 2021, Yang Jiechi, director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office for China, addresses the US delegation at the opening session of US-China talks at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: Yang Jiechi, a high-level member of the Chinese Communist Party, will arrive in Islamabad with a delegation today for a two-day trip to Pakistan, said the Foreign Office spokesperson on Wednesday.

According to the FO, Yang Jiechi is a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Central Commission on Foreign Affairs of the CPC.

During his visit, from June 29-30, the Chinese official will hold talks with Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and call on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Apart from Yang, the Chinese delegation will include China’s vice ministers for foreign affairs and commerce, vice chairman of the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA), and deputy secretary-general of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The FO said that the Yang “has a prominent role in China’s foreign relations” and had previously served as China’s foreign minister from 2007-13 and state councillor from 2013-17.

“The visit is part of the regular high-level exchanges between Pakistan and China. Recently, these interactions included a virtual meeting between the Foreign Ministers on 11 May 2022; Prime Minister’s telephone call with Premier Li on 16 May 2022; and Foreign Minister’s visit to China on 21-22 May 2022,” said FO spokesperson.

The spokesperson said that the director Yang’s visit is reflective of the importance both countries attach to further deepening the “all-weather strategic cooperative partnership”, reaffirming mutual support on issues of each other’s core interests, enhancing economic engagement, exploring new avenues of bilateral cooperation for the betterment of the two peoples, advance high-quality development of CPEC, and coordinate positions on important regional and global issues of mutual interest."

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