Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday left for Beijing on his first ever foreign visit to China Wednesday morning to hold wide ranging talks with Chinese leadership aimed at further strengthening existing deep rooted ties.

He is accompanied by an eleven member high level delegation including Chief Minister Balochistan and federal ministers in his five day visit. Some members of the Prime Minister entourage including Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif have left Lahore for Beining to join him.

The Prime Minister during his meetings with Chinese President and Premier will discuss regional situation, Afghan peace process and security issues.

Focus of the visit will be expanding economic and trade ties besides strengthening partnership and finalizing a trade corridor between the two countries. MOUs will also be signed to promote cooperation in various fields particularly the energy sector.

It is expected that both the countries will finalize a comprehensive strategy to speed up infrastructure development in Pakistan particularly in Balochistan. It is also expected that the plan to connect Gwadar with the rest of the country and China including rail and road link from Gwadar to Kashghar will be finalised during the visit of the Prime Minister.

During his stay Nawaz Sharif will also hold meetings with business and industrial leaders of China to persuade them to invest in Pakistan particularly in energy sector.