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Project Through PoK, IMF Bailout Tops Agenda As Imran Khan Reaches China

Project Through PoK, IMF Bailout Tops Agenda As Imran Khan Reaches China

"Pakistan have been deprived, we play no Test cricket in Pakistan because of security reasons", said former Pakistan batsman Mushtaq Mohammad, who was on the same panel.

President Xi Jinping congratulated PM Khan on his election to the office of Pakistan's chief executive.

Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Beijing.Chinese Minister for Transport Mr. Li Xiaopeng, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Yao Jing and Ambassador of Pakistan to China Mr. Masood Khalid received the Prime Minister upon arrival in Beijing.

The bus project, linking Pakistan's second-most populous city with the desert town of Kashgar in China's far western region of Xinjiang, is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - a cluster of infrastructure ventures underway across Pakistan since 2015 and worth almost US$50 billion.

Xinhua adds: Prime Minister Khan said the upcoming first-ever China International Import Expo (CIIE) will serve as a great opportunity for Pakistan to increase its exports so as to narrow its trade deficit and earn more revenue to address its looming debt issues.

According to sources, a very popular TV host is scheduled to interview the Pakistani prime minister during his stay in China.

The prime minister thinks that it was a great achievement of China to have taken a large number of people above the poverty line, and that Pakistan can take benefit from this experience.

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The so-called "CPEC" has also become a major irritant in India-China relations with New Delhi voicing its opposition to the project as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Pakistan's only link to China is through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's Gilgit-Baltistan region, which is part of Jammu and Kashmir.

"The Chinese side will continue to provide support and help to the best of its ability for Pakistan's economic and social development and national construction", China's Foreign Ministry cited Wang as saying, without giving details. Pakistani media reports have claimed that the bus service is part of the CPEC.

"We have very special relations with China".

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

"We have lodged strong protests with China and Pakistan on the proposed bus service that will operate through Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir under so-called "China-Pakistan Economic Corridor", said external affairs ministry spokesperson.

Talking about the economic challenges including the current account deficit and declining foreign exchange reserves, the Prime Minister said, his government was following a two-pronged strategy including approaching friendly countries for financial assistance and putting the option of IMF at the end to avoid the tough conditions of the Fund.