Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

PM Khan: Pakistan Wants to 'Learn' from China's 'Phenomenal Achievements'

PM Khan: Pakistan Wants to 'Learn' from China's 'Phenomenal Achievements'

According to Pakistan-based Dawn News, India's objection to the bus service through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was rejected by Pakistan, with the Pakistan Foreign Office saying that the "entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is disputed".

The Prime Minister said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had given a great opportunity to Pakistan to bring in foreign investment and to get out of the hard economic situation it was facing.

The loan and the investments were reportedly part of the $6 billion package.

Mr Khan's visit evoked considerable interest in China as it comes in the wake of his past criticism of the Dollars 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and remarks by his ministers to cut down some of the projects over debt concern.

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

"Countries go in cycles".

In the meeting between Khan and Xi, the premier told the Chinese president about Pakistan's "very difficult" economic situation, Reuters reported.

He also said the two sides should boost people-to-people exchanges, strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation and increase coordination and communication on multilateral platforms such as the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

In response to the debt crisis, Pakistan is seeking an emergency bailout loan of $8 billion from the International Monetary Fund, which plans to send a team to Pakistan to assess the situation. He said that we are neither surprised nor did we expect anything substantial to be delivered there, because of the mindset India prefers to be in denial mode since the tragedy of Kashmir was born in 1947.

The Pakistani side is willing to reinforce communication and coordination in multilateral affairs with China, Khan added.

Khan, who is here on his maiden visit, met Xi in the Great Hall of People where the two leaders also held one-on-one meeting besides delegation-level talks, Pakistani media reports said.

Agreements were also signed between Higher Education of Pakistan and Science Academy of China and between Chinese Academy of Science and Pakistan Metrological Department.

"It is an economic cooperation project between China and Pakistan and not targeted at any third party".

The Prime Minister said Pakistan could learn from China to raise its agricultural yields and help its farmers and remove rural poverty.

While India has asserted that the bus service will be a "violation of India's sovereignty and territorial integrity", the Foreign Office of Pakistan accused New Delhi of trying to mislead the worldwide community.

PM Khan was received at Beijing Airport by China's Minister for Transport Li Xiaopeng, Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing, and other senior government officials. The trip "is significant for President Xi Jinping, whose flagship BRI has had hiccups in recent months".

India on Wednesday, October, was once again at loggerheads with China and Pakistan over a service, which is scheduled to be launched this week between Lahore and Kashghar, a city that runs through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

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