Bilawal meets Chinese officials on maiden visit

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 6, 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.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 00:27

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