The Prime Minister will be visiting China some time next week, making this his third visit to the neighboring country this year.

During his stay there, he is expected to meet the Chinese leadership and discuss Kashmir and the latest advancements in the situation, according to sources.

Apart from other countries like Turkey, China has openly sided with Pakistan over India after the abrogation of Article 370, and publicly voiced the concerns about human rights situations in Kashmir at the United Nations General Assembly.

China’s President Xi Jinping, right, meets Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP)

PM Imran’s visit will be in advance of the Chinese president’s visit to India, where further discussions will likely be taken up between the two countries over the restrictions and status of Kashmir.

The premier is also expected to reaffirm commitments to the Belt and Road Initiative, and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.