Important decisions on CPEC, trade expected during PM’s visit to China


"Just as the subject of this forum, with BRI as an opportunity, both countries are working towards developing a bright future for China-Malaysia relations", Xi added.

A three-day summit from today (Thursday, April 25) in Beijing will see Chinese officials clamber to defend the country's flagship Belt and Road project from mounting worldwide criticism.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the document proposes a project list that will serve as the focus of cooperation between the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). PM Khan stated the Pak-China relations were cemented in a mutual trust.

The president will also hold meetings with a number of officials and members of the Chinese business community to discuss ways of boosting cooperation in the economic, trade and investment fields.

In a statement, PM Khan said China was all-weather friend and a neighboring country of Pakistan.

Duterte will also attend the forum's gala dinner.

Earlier, the prime minister visited China in November a year ago.

"The decision to elevate bilateral ties to a comprehensive, strategic cooperation affirms the Philippines and China's strong desire to further deepen and broaden this engagement", he said.

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He said the Philippines was an important part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, which he noted was similar to Dutertre's infrastructure-building initiative.

Belt and Road Forum provides a platform to countries participating in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for exchanging views and experiences on regional connectivity; policy synergy; socio-economic development and trade and commerce. He likewise, expressed sympathy to the victims of recent earthquakes in the Philippines.

"We look forward to a productive discussion on matters of mutual interest and concern", he told Xi.

Beijing is likely to tout the memorandums of understanding it has signed with participating governments, a China expert told The Guardian, as they lend legitimacy to the project and allow Xi Jinping to show Chinese citizens that his policies are fully endorsed by the global community.

"We envision... high-quality and good impact projects".

"The sooner they are completed, the sooner people on the ground will feel the benefit for Philippine-China relations", he said.

His official activities will begin on Thursday, April 25, with a bilateral meeting with Xi, followed by a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang.