ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and China on Monday decided to lift bilateral ties to all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation, hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived here for his first state visit.

During the delegation-level talks held at the PM House, President Xi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreed to bring their relation to a new height.

According to the Chinese sources, they agreed for the up-gradation of bilateral relations in all fields of common interest. They decided to gear up for an expansion of cooperation in various fields, with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor high on the agenda.

The corridor is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking southwest Pakistan’s deepwater Gwadar Port with northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

At least 51 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and agreements in different sectors, including energy, infrastructure, security and economic development were signed between the two countries.