Pakistan would cooperate with China at the highest level for talks on several big projects in the fields of hydropower, oil refinery and steel mills, said Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, the federal minister for Planning, Development and Reforms in Pakistan.
Speaking at a press conference a day before Prime Minister Imran Khan's three-day visit to Beijing, Mr Bakhtyar said Pakistan would start formal negotiations on additional projects, including a major overland LNG terminal, 7,000-megawatt Bunji hydropower project, Pakistan Steel Mills, oil refineries as well as joint ventures in businesses and science and technology, for agreements.
In particular, about 4,300 MW of energy projects are currently under construction and additional 2,500 MW projects are in the planning phase, apparently in reference to recent reports that the $52 billion bilateral arrangement had slowed down after Islamabad's renewed engagements with the United States and the International Monetary Fund.
Imran Khan, during his meetings with the president and the prime minister of China, would take up a number of projects, while technical discussions would follow later this month at joint working group level and then during the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting in November.
(Writing by Tian Zhang Editing by Tammy Yang)
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