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28 state leaders to attend R&B Summit: Sun Weidong

By our correspondents
May 04, 2017

ISLAMABAD: State leaders from twenty-eight countries including Pakistan will attend Belt and Road Forum for international cooperation, scheduled to take place in Beijing on May 14 to 15.

President Xi Jinping will inaugurate summit that is a first-ever high-profile event meant to highlight the significant of the world’s largest connectivity plan, said Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong Wednesday at a function held here at a local hotel.

The representatives of 110 countries, besides sixty-one international organisations will attend the event that will work out short and long-term strategy to strengthen connectivity at the world level for promoting peace, development and prosperity.

Giving a detailed review on the Belt and Road initiative towards a community of shared future, with its historical and cultural background, he said President Xi Jinping championed the “One Belt, One Road” initiative to build a new Silk Road linking Asia, Africa and Europe, a landmark programme to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure projects.

About Sino-Pak growing relationship, Ambassador Sun Weidong said this friendship is a model of state-to-state relations nurtured by the peoples of the two countries for decades and generations. “It is a common wealth of our two people. We call Pakistan “iron” brother,” he said.

Referring to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said it is a pilot project of the Belt and Road Initiative that brings about numerous benefits to the people of Pakistan across the board. The project is under implementation in full-swing that he was sure will go a long way meeting the country’s energy requirements and boosting its infrastructure and transport network.