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Chinese Extend VIP Treatment to Gilgit-Baltistan C.M.

Syed Mehdi Shah, the Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), who has accompanied President Asif Ali Zardari to Guangdong in China to attend the inaugural function of the 16th Asian Games at Guangzhou, is being extended VIP treatment by the Chinese authorities. He is being treated on par with the  other members of the Pakistani delegation, which has accompanied  Zardari.

2. He was invited  for a  welcome banquet hosted by State Councillor Madam Liu Yangdong for the foreign dignitaries, who have come to  participate in the inaugural ceremony of the  Asian Games. He was also a member of the Pakistani delegation headed by Zardari which held bilateral  talks on Sino-Pakistani relations on November 12,2010, with a Chinese delegation headed by Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

3. The Pakistani media has reported that  Syed Mehdi Shah  would be separately  visiting Kashgar in the Chinese-controlled Xinjiang Province, at the head of a 17-member delegation, to attend an international fair on precious stones  and explore the possibility of selling precious stones found in G.B in the international market.

( Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group. The writer Mr B Raman,  is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. E-mail: )

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