On Saturday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will fly to China for a two-day visit to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Bilawal Bhutto, who will be travelling with a delegation, will meet with China’s foreign minister for extended talks.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement that “The two leaders will discuss the whole range of bilateral relations, with a special focus on enhancing trade and economic cooperation between Pakistan and China.”
The two ministers are also likely to discuss the latest progress on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which has been hampered by Pakistan’s weak economy.
The visit of Foreign Minister Bilawal will also coincide with the 71st anniversary of Pakistan-China diplomatic relations, according to the foreign office.
The visit comes amid tensions between the two countries due to the delayed pace of CPEC projects and the growing security situation in Pakistan.
Pakistan has only completed three CPEC projects in Gwadar in the last seven years, leaving a dozen programmes worth roughly $2 billion unfinished, including water supply and electricity.
Wang Yi had congratulated Bilawal on his new position as Foreign Minister. Earlier on May 11, they had held a virtual meeting.