Bilawal meets Chinese officials on maiden visit
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 06, 2011, 00:27
Beijing: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the chairman of Pakistan's ruling PPP, is on his maiden visit to China where he is meeting senior officials of the Communist Party to strike a rapport with the leaders of the country.

In a visit being seen as an attempt to take the close Sino-Pak friendship to the next generation, Bilawal met Wang Jiarui, Minister of the International Department of CPC Central Committee on the sidelines of International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Nanning today.

Bilawal's visit came close on the heels of his father, President Asif Ali Zardari's recent visit during which he was accompanied by his daughters. The visit was Zardari's seventh visit to this country since he became President.

"The two leaders emphasised on carrying forward the legendary friendship between Pakistan and China to the new heights in the years to come," state-run APP news agency reported.

The two leaders also agreed that Pakistan and China should increase regional cooperation for ensuring peace, harmony, and equitable development in the region.

Last week Zardari visited Xinjiang province along with his daughters Bakhthawar and Asifa, saying that their presence was aimed at establishing linkages for the next generation.

In another development, Pakistan and China have agreed in principle to set up a Media University in Islamabad after Pakistan Minister for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan meetings with Chinese officials.

China has offered a number of scholarships to students of Mass Communications and Media professionals for PhD courses.


First Published: Tuesday, September 06, 2011, 00:27

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