Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang is undertaking the visit (from Aug 13-14) on the directions of President Xi Jinping as a special gesture to participate in the 70th Independence Day Celebrations. Earlier in March, a contingent of the guard of honour of the three services of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) took part in the Pak military parade held in Islamabad to mark the Pakistan Day. During his visit, the Vice Premier will attend the flag-hoisting ceremony on 14 Aug as a special guest, and call on President Mamnoon Hussain and PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. His visit on this important milestone for Pak is a reflection of the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between Pak and China, the spokesman added. Yang will also participate the inauguration ceremony of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and witness the signing of bilateral agreements between the two countries.

In a video being circulated in Pakistan Social Media, an unknown city of Yiwu in China is being shown as celebrating 14 Aug as Pakistan Independence Day. This move by a Chinese City is being seen as an effort by Iron Brother China as one more attempt to mellow down hostile propaganda being generated in Pakistan Gilgit/Baltistan and Balochistan region. Some Citizens of Pakistan have also questioned calling 14 Aug as Independence Day as this day Pakistan was formed.

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