Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif's first official visit is scheduled for July 4, to China. Apart from the symbolic importance of the visit, the signing of various memoranda of understanding (MoUs) is expected to form its highlight, with Morinco, the Chinese company, set to agree to build solar energy plants in Cholistan and Rahim Yar Khan having a total generating capacity of 1,000MW. Not only is this the need of the hour, with crippling power shortages the main barrier to economic recovery, but is also reflective of Sharif's diversification of energy sources. China is also involved in building up generation capacity from Thar coal, and through this thermal capacity based on indigenous coal rather than imported oil.The energy sector is not the only one in which China is involved, and which will be reviewed during this visit, but also that of defence. There is an ongoing defence production project in the shape of the JF17 Thunder co-production. There is also the Gwadar port management,  which other than its economic benefits for Pakistan, will mean fuel security for China. Oil imported from the Middle East and shipped north, to run its industries, will be the main advantage to China. This project is to form a key portion of the Pakistan-China economic corridor, which in turn means giving China a window to the outside world at a time when it is about to take off as a superpower.Mian Nawaz’s visit is supposed to cement ties at a time when three Chinese tourists were among those brutally murdered at the Nanga Parbat base camp. Chinese concerns about the support in Pakistan of militancy in Xinjiang province of China - also known as East Turkestan - have also been a regular feature of Pak-China interactions, and must be allayed by the new PM. Pakistan should be aware that many countries would have advised against Pakistani officials making a state visit at this juncture, and the very fact that it is going ahead displays a sense of solidarity and an acceptance of Pakistan's commitment to thoroughly investigate the case and punish those responsible to the full extent of the law.Pakistan has never found China to be dismissive of its legitimate security concerns. And has never suffered preconditions when doing business with the Chinese. There have been no freebies, but nor has there been any arm twisting. Pakistan is looking for no favours, but it is looking for fair opportunities to do business. Mian Nawaz would do well to take this advice with him, not just to China, but to all other state visits in the future. Pakistan needs to reintegrate with the world, and it is in its own economic interest to do so.