With eye on aid, Pakistan PM meets Chinese counterpart

With eye on aid, Pakistan PM meets Chinese counterpart

With eye on aid, Pakistan PM meets Chinese counterpart

While China asserted that the bus service from Lahore to Tashkurgan in Xinjiang - timed to begin when Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will be visiting Beijing - did not alter the country's stance on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan dismissed India's objections as "frivolous".

Pakistan doesn't share a border with China.

Prime Minister Imran Khan (L) and China´s Premier Li Keqiang attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad halted a few Chinese projects after coming to power this year, while Myanmar's Planning and Finance Minister Soe Win told Nikkei in July that his government would demand that plans for a new port be "slimmed down".

He said with Pakistan having oldest relationship with China, it was the only friendly country in the world on whom people in Pakistan felt they could always depend in the hour of need. "Unfortunately our country is going through a low point at the moment", he said.

"We'd like to work with Pakistan to strengthen the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and build a closer community with a shared future between the two countries".

Pakistan and China signed 15 agreements that includes poverty alleviation in Pakistan, strengthening industrial, and agricultural ties and technical training.

Pakistan has been among the most enthusiastic supporters of the trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative, which seeks to re-establish China's former role as the Asian centre of global trade by binding it to Europe, African, Southeast Asia and elsewhere through Chinese-financed projects.

"As for the bus service, I have not heard of the relevant information and I have not heard of complaints", Lu Kang, China's foreign ministry spokesperson, said at the ministry's regular briefing, when asked about India's protest against the move.

"It is not targeted against any third party", he said.

A document on strategic-level talks between foreign ministers of two countries was also signed.

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

Earlier, President Xi warmly welcomed Prime Minister Khan and his delegation upon their arrival at the Great Hall of the People.

This was reaffirmed during a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and China's State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing.

China's stand he said is that the "cooperation between China and Pakistan has nothing to do with the territorial dispute and will not affect China's principled position on Kashmir", he said.

The meeting of the two foreign ministers was held in the lead up to the meeting between Prime Minister Khan and President Xi, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said in a series of tweets posted on his official twitter handle.

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