Pakistan PM Imran to visit China for bilateral talks, investments

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan plans to visit China early next month to further strengthen the all-weather bilateral ties and seek more investments in various projects under the ambitious CPEC, according to a top official.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Khalid Mansoor said this on Wednesday while addressing the launch of the annual Chinese enterprises report.
The annual ‘APCEA Sustainable Development Report 2021’ was unveiled by the Pakistan-China Institute (PCI) and the All-Pakistan Chinese Enterprises Association (APCEA) at a ceremony at the Chinese Embassy here.
Mansoor, who is also the chief of the CPEC authority, said that the Prime Minister, ahead of his China visit, wants to remove all bottlenecks for investors.
The authority was working to remove any bottlenecks which may emerge during the execution of CPEC projects as the “Prime Minister had ordered the removal of 37 regulations for a one-window operation for foreign investors”, according to an official statement. Khan would be taking briefings on the CPEC projects progress every 15 days, according to Mansoor.
The USD 60 billion CPEC connecting China’s resource-rich Xinjiang province with Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar port in Balochistan is regarded as the flagship project of the multi-billion Belt and Road initiative, the pet scheme of Chinese President Xi Jinping aimed at furthering China’s influence globally with Chinese funded infrastructure projects.
The CPEC authority said that Khan has seen the difference being created by the work of Chinese enterprises in Pakistan and the dream of Thar coal energy became a reality due to the CPEC.