ISLAMABAD: The Chinese government on Thursday asked Pakistan to convene the 10th Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor framework ahead of schedule in order to finalise different mega projects, reported The News.
The meeting of the joint committee will discuss the railways Mainline (ML-1) project of $9.2 billion, as well as other CPEC-related initiatives, before the expected arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Islamabad in May or early June 2020, claimed The News.
The official communication from Beijing in this regard, asking Islamabad to convene the 10th meeting of the JCC in April 2020, instead of the scheduled time that had been set for June or July 2020, was sent out by the National Development Reform Commission of China.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led government has already notified the ministerial committee under chairmanship of Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar to make arrangements for the upcoming visit of the Chinese President to Pakistan.
The previous meeting of the joint committee was held in Islamabad in June 2019, and it was expected that the next meeting would be held in the summer of 2020, according to The News. The government, the publication claimed, had been caught off-guard by the Chinese request.
If the 10th meeting of the JCC is to be held ahead of schedule, the government will have to kick-start preparation for finalising the feasibility and other reports of different projects for inclusion in second phase of the economic corridor, The News claimed.