The Chinese Vice Premier, Mr. Li Hsien-nien, arrived in Pakistan on Sunday (20 April) on?
The Chinese Vice Premier, Mr. Li Hsien-nien, arrived in Pakistan on Sunday (20 April) on the first official visit there by a Peking leader in ten years.
The Pakistan Government is playing down the significance of the six-day visit, describing it as a "continuation of friendly exchanges", but diplomatic circles see the visit as a re-affirmation of the close bond between the two countries.
Diplomats say the Russians have recently increased pressure on Pakistan to withdraw from the Central Treaty Organisation, and support the Soviet-sponsored Asian collective security proposal.
The visit of Mr. Li follows two trips to Peking by the Pakistani Prime Minister, Mr. Bhutto, i the last three years. Mr. Li said on arrival in Rawalpindi he would have talks with Pakistani leaders on matters of common interest. He said he hoped his would visit would help to further consolidate ties between China and Pakistan.