BEIJING (APP) - Pakistan, China cooperation in the area of expansion of steel production is part of the 5-year Development programme, said Ambassador of Pakistan to China Masood Khan. In an interview to APP ahead of the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao 3-day official visit to Pakistan starting from Friday, the Islamabad envoy to Beijing said that "specifics have to be discussed by the two sides. We would look at the entire steel production picture," Khan said when asked to comment on media report about expansion of Pakistan Steel Mills. Ambassador Khan suggested that to enhance Pakistan's export to China there is need of visit of more buying missions from China to Pakistan; greater number of Pakistani traders participating in trade fairs/exhibitions being held in China; trade seminars in Pakistan and China; visa facilitation; establishment of an Electronic Database Interchange for clearance of FTA goods; and establishment of cross-border supply chains. He, however said that the second session of Pakistan-China Free Trade Commission held in Beijing last month has taken decisions to address this aspects comprehensively. More than a dozen MoUs/Agreements and over 20 business to business MoUs/Agreements are likely to be signed during Premier Wen visit to China, said Ambassador Khan. The agreements, he pointed out will assist us with the flood reconstruction as well as launching of a new Pakistan-China energy cooperation mechanism so that we can look holistically at the energy requirements of Pakistan in short and long term time periods. This strategy will be useful in bridging current energy deficit and undertaking projects that would make Pakistan self-sufficient in all categories of energy - hydel, thermal, coal-fired, and alternate energy, he said. "We are also expecting a breakthrough in area of banking and finance. ICBC, China (and the world's largest ) bank is expected to announce opening of new branches in Pakistan" Khan observed. To a question, Khan said that Pakistan expects during Premier Wen visit the investment in electric transmission, electronics, remote sensing, commodities and alternate energy (solar and wind), among others. "A purchase mission is part of the 260-member business delegation accompanying Chinese Premier," he said. Ambassador Khan said that Premier Wen will have very important talks with the President and the Prime Minister on the strategic, economic, and cultural issues. In addition to that, Premier Wen will inaugurate Pakistan-China Friendship Center, address a joint session of Pakistan Parliament, and deliver a key note address at the Business Cooperation Summit. "We are all-weather political allies. Since September 2008, Pakistani President Zardari came to China almost every four month, beating any heads of state in terms of frequency of visiting China," said Pakistan's ambassador to China, Massood Khan, "China has a very positive image in Pakistan. We support China's policy on Tibet, Xinjiang and human rights," said Khan. "But we also need to have an all-weather highway between our two countries," he said. Two years ago, Chinese and Pakistani engineers and road builders started extending the width of the Karakorum Highway from 10 meters to 30 meters. Chinese engineers have completed a feasibility study for the building of a railroad and an oil pipeline to link Kashi in Xinjiang and Gawadar in Pakistan's Balochistan Province at the mouth of Gulf. Sixty percent of China's imported oil comes from the Middle East and 80 percent of that transported to China through the Straits of Malacca. With the construction of the Kashi-Gawadar railroad and oil pipeline, Gawadar, a warm-water and deep-sea port, will handle most of the oil tankers to China. It will provide China with the shortest possible route to the oil -rich Middle East, replacing the dangerous maritime route through the South China Sea, East China Sea and the Yellow Sea. "Through Gawadar, oil will come to China and goods will go to West Asia and the Gulf, bringing China closer to countries such as Turkey and Iran," Khan said. "The highway will stimulate the economic growth in Pakistan. With the recovery of the legendary Silk Roads through Pakistan, Pakistan will become an economic hub once more." "If China joins Pakistan in building its desperately-needed power stations, Pakistani people will feel the warmth and brotherhood every night when they turn on the light in their home," Khan said. "In the streets of Pakistan, it seems that everyone knows Wen is coming," said Khan. #