ISLAMABAD: President Hu Jintao flew into the capital city of Pakistan from
Mumbai of India on Thursday to start his four-day official visit, which is
expected to give a boost to the already friendly relationship.
He will hold talks with his Pakistan
counterpart Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and parliament leaders
on Friday, which will focus on bilateral ties as well as international issues of
common concerns such as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Lebenon.
Pakistani school children hold
Pakistani and Chinese national flags as they welcome Chinese President Hu
Jintao in Islamabad November 23, 2006. Hu arrived in Pakistan on Thursday
for a visit that is expected to cement an "all-weather relationship"
underpinned for decades. [Reuters]
The two countries will sign "unprecedented agreements" during Hu's visit,
which is the first in one decade by a Chinese president, according to Chinese
They will ink a five-year development programme for bilateral economic and
trade co-operation, which will be the first-ever agreement for China to sign
with another country. Other accords will be related to defence, energy, health,
education, railway and communication fields.
During his two-day visit to Islamabad, Hu will also address a reception to be
hosted by the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce.
Hu will then travel to the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore, where he and
Pakistan counterpart Musharraf will attend the inauguration ceremony of the
Haier-Ruba economic zone, the first of the eight economic zones to be
established outside China.
The city of Islamabad has been fully decorated with colourful posters and
banners to welcome Hu' visit. The big portraits of Presidents Hu, Musharraf and
Prime Minister Aziz could be seen along major avenues in the city.
of personnel, including army, paramilitary and police, have been mobilized to
beef up security in the city, according to local news report.
"The adjacent jungle and foliage areas of the metropolis have been scanned
with sophisticated security equipment while horse-riding se3curity personnel
would keep patrolling round the clock during Chinese president's stay in the
capital," said local newspaper the News.
Local people all show great enthusiasm to Hu's visit.
"China and Pakistan have already enjoyed very traditional friendship, ever
since late Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai," said Usman Ullah Tariq,
a local business people.
"Our feeling towards China is from the bottom of hearts, and has nothing to
do with politics," said Usman, who traveled to China's Xinjiang three years