China says will surely help Pakistan in financial crisis

Bus service with Pakistan will not change our stand on Kashmir China

Bus service with Pakistan will not change our stand on Kashmir China

Meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Imran Khan said he'd come to China to learn.

The statement said the two countries had decided to "make full use of the China-Pakistan Defence and Security Consultation mechanism, deepen cooperation in areas such as military exercises, training cooperation, personnel exchanges, and equipment and technology cooperation".

The joint statement also elaborated on the overall agreements reached between the two countries about expanding CPEC, setting up a foreign minister's strategic dialogue mechanism and strengthening cooperation between China and Pakistan in several sectors including social sectors.

But while neither leader mentioned economic aid in front of reporters, China's top diplomat guaranteed support from Beijing in a separate meeting with his Pakistani counterpart.

Khan, whose party swept Pakistan's July elections, told Chinese President Xi Jinping the previous day that he had inherited "a very hard economic situation" at home.

He said his government and party wanted to learn from China in this area because white-collar crime was very hard to detect.

Khan will meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday (today), when the two countries are expected to sign a series of agreements.

"China supports Pakistan's efforts for improvement of Pakistan-India relations and for settlement of outstanding disputes between the two countries", it said.

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"You can't have a society with a small number of rich people and a sea of poor people", he said, adding that this inequality is stopping people from progressing.

Also significantly, China tacitly expressed its backing for Pakistan's efforts to secure the NSG membership. Khan had initially vowed to curb borrowing, but has proceeded with projects such as one to build 5 million public housing units and has predicted that Pakistan would soon overcome its economic woes.

The statement, issued at the end of the Beijing leg of Pakstain Prime Minister Imran Khan, also veered closer to Pakistan's position on counter-terrorism and NSG, whose subtext was apparent - a United Nations designation of Masood Azhar, head of the Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) as an worldwide terrorist, and India's membership in an expanded Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Once a CPEC critic during the previous Nawaz Sharif government, Khan said: the CPEC "gives us an opportunity to raise our standard of living, growth rate". The prime minister shared his socioeconomic reform agenda with the Chinese business leaders.

However, Khan has pledged to work to implement the CPEC and has assured Pakistan's full support for it. "But on the issue of Kashmir, China's position is clear cut".

"China, through CPEC, has given Pakistan an opportunity to attract [foreign] investments".

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the way leadership of President Xi had tackled corruption was appreciable. "It is easy to catch low-level criminals but it is much more challenging to expose white-collar crime which actually devastates a country", he added.

Upon arrival at the Great Hall of the People, the Chinese Prime Minister accorded warm welcome to PM Imran and an official welcome ceremony was held during which a guard of honour was presented to the Pakistani prime minister.

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