Chinese vice-premier to participate in 70th Independence Day celebrations

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Vice Premier of the State Council of China Wang Yang along with a delegation will visit Pakistan today (Sunday) to participate in the 70th Independence Day celebrations of the country, a Foreign Office spokesman said on Saturday.

The special visit of Wang underscores the close brotherly and cooperative ties between Pakistan and China and Beijing's strong political support for Islamabad.

The visit to Pakistan and Nepal by the top Chinese official comes as India and China have been locked in a military standoff for almost two months at the strategic Doklam plateau in Bhutan.

The face-off began on June 16 after Chinese troops tried to build a road in the disputed area.

As a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Wang is among the top and most senior leaders in China.

He is also expected to participate in the inauguration ceremonies of several China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and witness the signing of bilateral memorandums of understanding (MoUs) between the two countries.

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