ISLAMABAD: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Islamabad on Monday in the first visit by a Chinese head of state in nine years.
The visit is being termed as historic as the Chinese president is likely to kick-off several projects, including the long-awaited Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, on his long-awaited visit.
Jinping’s two-day stay in Islamabad is the first foreign visit of the Chinese President during the current year.
Jinping was welcomed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, three service chiefs, and several ministers and members of the federal cabinet as his aircraft landed at the Noor Khan airbase.
Eight JF-17 Thunder aircraft of Pakistan Air Force escorted the plane of the Chinese President as he entered Pakistani airspace.
A red carpet was rolled out and a 21-gun salute given to the dignitary as he arrived along with his wife and a high level delegation comprising CEOs from a wide spectrum of business houses of China.
JF-17 aircraft also presented fly-past in honour of the Chinese President.
Likewise the entire airport building was adorned with national flags of both countries. Clad in traditional dresses, children presented bouquet of flowers to President Xi Jinping and his wife. The children will also waved flags of both the countries to welcome the foreign guest.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will host a dinner reception in President Xi Jinping’s honour, while President Mamnoon Hussain will host a luncheon reception for the dignitary besides holding a meeting.