China welcomes PM Khan’s decision to attend Beijing Winter Olympics

Kashgar-Islamabad air cargo route successfully inaugurated

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BEIJING: China on Friday highly appreciated and welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision to attend the opening ceremony of Beijing Winter Olympics Games next month.

“China highly appreciates and welcomes the Pakistani side’s decision,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said during his regular briefing in response to a question regarding PM Khan’s visit.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will pay a three-day visit to China from February 3 at the invitation of the Chinese leadership.

During the visit, PM Khan will attend the opening ceremony of Winter Olympics Games, Beijing 2022 and will have interaction with the Chinese leadership to further strengthen Pakistan-China all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and to exchange views on regional and international issues.

United Nations Secretary-General An’tnio Guterres, Russian President, Vladimir Putin and other world leaders have already confirmed that they would attend the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics next month.

The Beijing Winter Olympics are scheduled from February 4-20 and the Paralympic Winter Games, March 4-13. Adding to this, Pakistan and China launched air cargo service on Kashgar-Islamabad route with successful landing of Pakistan Faxon Airlines Air Cargo plane at Kashgar Airport in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

This is the second international cargo route from Kashgar Airport to Pakistan after the Kashgar-Karachi cargo route in 2019, China Radio International (CRI) reported.

As the main aviation fulcrum of the Silk Road Economic Belt, Kashgar Airport has opened international cargo routes, providing air traffic and service platforms for economic and trade development between Xinjiang, South Asia, West Asia, and Europe.

The construction of the International Transport Corridor and the International Aviation Center is of great importance to the Xinjiang region.

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