New Chinese premier Li Keqiang to make first foreign visits to Pakistan and India


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The Independent Online

The new Chinese premier Li Keqiang will visit India and Pakistan on his first foreign trip since assuming office, Beijing’s foreign ministry announced.

Mr Li, who became Prime Minister in March, will meet the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari, as well as other political leaders later this month.

China and Pakistan enjoy close ties, although Beijing’s relationship with India has been tense. The two countries were involved in a border standoff earlier this month. Mr Li will make his trip from 19 to 27 May.