Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed by Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif upon his arrival in Islamabad. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Chinese president Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan on Monday (April 20) where he will launch $46 billion in projects linking the old allies, a figure that far exceeds U.S. spending in Pakistan and underscores China's China's economic ambitions in Asia and beyond. Xi, who is on a 2-day visit to Pakistan, was met at the Nur Khan airbase by President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The infrastructure and energy projects that are expected to be signed during the visit are aimed at establishing a Pakistan-China Economic Corridor between Pakistan's southern Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea and China's western Xinjiang region. The plan is part of China's aim to forge "Silk Road" land and sea ties to markets in the Middle East and Europe and reflected a shift of economic power in the region to China, said Mushahid Hussain Sayed, chairman of the Pakistani parliament's defense committee. The corridor, a network of roads, railways and pipelines, will run through Pakistan's poor Baluchistan province, long plagued by a separatist insurgency which the army has vowed to crush. The security of Chinese workers will be a prime concern for Xi. In his talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and military leaders, Xi is likely to raise China's fears that Muslim separatists from Xinjiang are teaming up with Pakistani militants. Xi is also likely to call for greater efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan, where Pakistan is keen to restrict the influence of is rival India.