China’s largest overseas embassy opens in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 15, 2015 — An opening ceremony of the new Chinese embassy in Pakistan was held on Feb 13. As China’s largest overseas embassy, it is a symbol of friendship between China and Pakistan, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Friday, where he spoke of the two countries’ ‘all-weather’ friendship.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s two-day visit to Pakistan is seen as a preparation for the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to reports.

“Wang Yi said President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to Pakistan at the earliest possible date this year,” a statement posted on China’s Foreign Ministry website late on Thursday said.

“This will be President Xi’s first visit to Pakistan as head of state,” Wang said.

Xi was scheduled to go to Pakistan last September, but the trip was postponed due to domestic situation in Pakistan.

Since taking office in 2013, Xi has pushed the idea of a Silk Road Economic Belt that would connect China to South Asia and Central Asia with roads, railways, ports and airports.

China is also constructing two 1,100 nuclear reactors with $6.5 billion in addition to the four medium size reactors.

Last year, Xi visited India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

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