Chinese envoy brushes off reports calling Jinping's Pakistan visit unlikely

ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong has brushed aside Indian media reports which said that Chinese President Xi Jinping may not visit Pakistan next month and said a formal announcement of this visit is yet to be made.

A report published on Indian news website NDTV quoted officials as saying that Jinping is unlikely to visit Pakistan next month to be the chief guest at the Pakistan Day military parade.

Chinese officials said it is difficult as he is tied up with over a fortnight-long session of the Chinese parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC).

Talking to Dawn at the Presidency where he came to attend a presidential reception in honour of visiting Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the envoy said, “Chinese President would visit Pakistan this year at an early date which is still being worked out.”